New study Demonstrates Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) May Help Treat a Particular Type of Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata (AA) is an auto-immune condition in which the body’s immune system, whose normal function is to fight infection and disease, attacks itself inappropriately. In AA, the result of this auto-immune activity is inflammation that leads to hair loss. Unfortunately, AA currently has very few treatment options. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been established as a safe and cost-effective source of growth factors that stimulate cells to repair tissue. A study was recently conducted to evaluate whether PRP could potentially be used to treat AA. Forty-five patients received one of three different treatments – either PRP, an anti-inflammatory steroid, or nothing at all to serve as a placebo. On the other half of their heads they received no treatment whatsoever. Each patient received a total of three treatments one month apart from each other. Results showed that PRP was found to significantly increase hair regrowth and decrease hair loss along with burning/itching sensation when compared with steroid  or placebo. No side effects were noted during treatment. This pilot study suggests that PRP may serve as a safe and effective treatment option for AA. The Orthohealing Center is constantly involved in new research to develop state-of-the-art techniques for treating patients with a variety of health issues, including PRP for joint and tendon and spine injuries. PRP has implications for many conditions to potentially regulate inflammation and stimulate healing.

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