Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

Treatment, Symptoms, Types and Recovery in Singapore

Dr. James - Orthopaedic Surgeon in Singapore

Medically reviewed by Dr. James Tan

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    If only our bodies could heal themselves faster! If cells could regenerate quicker, we would heal more quickly, and the world of medicine would be turned on its head. While that used to be a distant dream, the power of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is changing things. Healthcare experts around the world are using this regenerative treatment for head-to-toe treatments. As a new treatment, however, people often wonder how effective it is. Can Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy help you heal faster? Does it really live up to all of the hype that you have been seeing online?

    Let’s take an in-depth look at this popular treatment to separate myth from fact. Here is your complete guide to the uses, benefits, and limitations of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP).

    What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

    Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is an advanced therapy that uses a person's own blood to promote the body's own healing process. This regenerating approach works because platelets, a component of blood, have powerful healing abilities. A simple method can be used to concentrate these platelets. They are concentrated and applied directly to specific regions to stimulate tissue repair and regeneration. This can be performed on various regions of the body as part of a variety of treatment methods.

    Essentially, Platelet-Rich Plasma treatments work by taking advantage of the natural healing ability of our bodies. PRP treatment works by utilizing the natural healing ability of our bodies. Our systems can work quickly when those powerful blood cells are concentrated and applied directly to the place that needs healing. This medication, also known as platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), platelet-rich growth factors (GFs), and platelet concentrates (PCs), has become one of the most frequently discussed subjects in recent decades.

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    How Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Made?

    PRP is an entirely natural treatment that utilizes ingredients derived directly from your body. While the ingredients of the treatment are simple, the preparation of PRP is a complex process that involves a few steps. Here’s how this therapy is done:

    • Blood Collection: It is the very first step, where the blood sample is collected. Your healthcare professional will take a blood sample from your arm. It’s the same process as you would experience during a standard blood test.
    • Centrifugation: After the blood has been collected, it will be placed inside of a centrifuge.  This is a special type of machine that is able to spin the blood at a very high speed. During this spinning process, the blood is separated into different components based on their densities. In other words, each element is automatically categorised by its weight. This separation is able to get all of the platelet-rich plasma into one place. From there, it can be collected and used for PRP treatment.
    • Concentration: Once separated, the platelet-rich plasma is concentrated to increase its platelet count. This potent concentrate is then ready for its medicinal use. The PRP extracted can be applied nearly anywhere on the body to treat a wide range of conditions, such as shoulder rotator cuff tears. Regardless of the part of the body that will receive the PRP treatment, this process is essentially the same.

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    Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment in Singapore

    This groundbreaking therapy taps into your body’s natural healing abilities and can offer transformative results for many people. While it is often associated with aesthetic treatments, its value extends far beyond hair therapy and skin treatments. To fully explore the impressive array of benefits and see how PRP treatment might work for you, talk to our team of experts today! We also offer shoulder pain treatment and torn meniscus treatment therapy.

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    The Science Behind the Value of PRP Treatments

    Now that you understand how PRPs are collected, let’s take a closer look at how these treatments work. Most importantly, let’s examine this Platelet-Rich Plasma and why it is worth collecting.

    Why Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Valuable?

    In basic terms, the platelets in your body are blood cells (that have the shape of a dinner plate) that play a key role in blood clotting. These PRPs help to control bleeding if you are injured, which is a truly essential function. Any time you cut your skin, for example, Platelet-Rich Plasma naturally goes to work to help you heal.

    Your body has platelets that hold essential growth factors and small proteins called cytokines. These elements regulate your immune responses and inflammation. They play a crucial role in the natural healing process.

    Platelet-Rich Plasma naturally works within your body but can also be harnessed for this healing power and used on a specific site. When PRP is administered at the site of an injury, these growth factors stimulate angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels), tissue regeneration and cell proliferation. These processes are what allow this treatment to be able to accelerate the healing process.

    How Long Has PRP Therapy Been Around?

    Scientists in the 1880s initially identified platelets, and during the 1940s, they began their experiment using platelets for facilitating wound healing. By the 1980s, researchers were already employing PRP therapy to mend injured tissues. Modern orthopaedic applications have expanded to include the treatment of degenerative conditions like arthritisheel pains and accelerated healing after surgery, while a wide range of cosmetic options has sprung up for anti-ageing and scar healing.

    Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Safe?

    PRP therapy has a long history of safe and effective use. Not only has it been studied extensively and widely used in a diverse range of applications, but enough time has passed to see the long-term effects. And, year after year, this treatment has shown to be safe.

    Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment's success lies in its natural approach, as it is derived directly from your body. Unlike some injections that use foreign elements, PRP uses your own plasma, making it safer. The risk of your body rejecting the plasma or having a negative reaction is minimal since it originates from your own body.

    It is still important to keep in mind that any procedure involving a needle has a very small risk of infection at the injection site. The best way to reduce the potential side effects of PRP therapy is to always do treatments at a trusted healthcare clinic with a professional who has been certified by the Singapore government.

    What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Used For? 

    PRP treatment is used for a wide variety of treatments, including the following medical applications:

    • Orthopaedic medicine: In sports medicine and orthopaedics, PRP treatments can be used to treat injuries like ankle sprains, tendonitis, and arthritis. As Platelet-Rich Plasma works to repair tissue repair, it also reduces pain and inflammation while helping keep joints healthy.
    • Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery: PRP is also beneficial during oral and dental surgery because it helps to soften tissues and heal after tooth extractions, dental implants, and gum surgery. Likewise, in certain orthodontics treatments, PRP can be used to speed up tooth movement.Chronic Wound Healing: In certain cases, like diabetic ulcers, doctors face non-healing wounds. By utilising this unique technology, they are able to prompt the body to regenerate tissue and close wounds.
    • Bone Grafting: PRP is often used in conjunction with bone grafts to help your body heal your bone faster and boost the success of bone grafting procedures.
    • Chronic Tendon Injuries: Healthcare professionals around the world have seen promising results when Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are used for chronic tendon issues like tennis elbow and Achilles tendinitis.
    • Chronic Wound Healing: In certain cases, like diabetic ulcers, doctors face non-healing wounds. By utilising this unique technology, they can prompt the body to regenerate tissue and close wounds.

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    Frequently-Asked Questions About PRP Treatment in Singapore

    PRP offers considerable advantages over traditional treatments. Let’s take a look at why this treatment is so popular. 

    • Natural Recovery: PRP utilises your own blood, making it what is called autologous therapy (which is basically a treatment that involves taking something from one part of the body and using it elsewhere in the body of the same person) that minimises the risk of bad reactions or infections.
    • Minimally Invasive: PRP treatments are done with injections, which are less invasive than the alternatives of major surgery or other more intensive treatments. 
    • Little Downtime: By avoiding surgery and other more invasive options, you can greatly reduce your downtime.
    • No Allergies or Rejections: As the treatment uses your own blood components, the risk of having an allergic reaction or immune response is incredibly low.
    • Cost-Effective: Compared to undertaking a surgical procedure, this comparatively quick and simple is usually more in, making it a practical option for many people.

    About the Author

    Dr. James - Orthopaedic Surgeon in Singapore

    Dr James Tan C H

    Dr James Tan is a highly skilled orthopaedic surgeon in Singapore who has more than 10 years of experience in sports injury surgery and exercise medicine. Apart from partnering with the industry to pioneer advanced and proven treatment techniques, Dr Tan has treated athletes from the Singapore National Teams and professional footballers from the Singapore Premier League and the Young Lions. He is a member of the elite Asian Shoulder and Elbow Group and a founding member of the Singapore Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Society.