Migraines are a common problem for far too many people today. Characterized by
severe pain, light sensitivity, visual disturbances, and nausea, they can be
debilitating for the patient. Yet they often go undiagnosed and untreated for
years. The challenge for the physician becomes accurately diagnosing migraines
and finding effective treatment options with minimal side effects.
What Causes Migraines?
Migraines are complex phenomena. While migraines aren’t fully
understood, it’s believed that the following factors play a key role in
- Genetic predisposition
- Environmental factors
Imbalances in neurotransmitters like serotonin, which help regulate pain1
Interactions between the brainstem and the trigeminal nerve2
Migraine Treatment Options
Standard treatment options primarily involve medication usage to treat both
acute onsets, as well as medications to prevent future migraines from
occurring. The following prescription and over-the-counter medications are
considered first-line treatments for migraines:
- Analgesics including NSAIDs, acetaminophen, and opioids
However, use of these medications must be carefully monitored and are
contraindicated in many patients.
NSAIDs are known to have serious side effects with long-term use, including
stroke, stomach ulcers, heart attack, and kidney damage. Opioids carry very
serious risks of addiction. Ergotamines can have dangerous side effects
including birth defects and heart problems and are toxic in high doses.
Triptans can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea, which are unwelcome side
effects if one already has a migraine.4 In
addition, overuse of these medications can lower their effectiveness to
adequately relieve pain and result in rebound headaches.5
Because of the potentially serious side effects of these medications, finding
alternative treatment options for migraine sufferers has become an urgent
Platelet-rich plasma is one such option that holds promise for the safe and
effective treatment of migraines.6
Platelet-Rich Plasma to Treat Migraines
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, has gained traction recently as
a potential therapy for migraine sufferers. Rather than artificially
suppressing the pain, PRP uses the body’s own natural healing process to
regenerate damaged tissue.
But how does it work? PRP stimulates the body’s innate
healing cascade. When we experience an injury, our body responds by delivering
a rush of platelet cells. When these platelets are activated, they release
several types of growth factors, proteins, and cytokines that play a
fundamental role in cell regeneration and tissue healing.
PRP takes the natural healing response one step further
by separating platelets from other blood components and concentrating them.
This specially prepared platelet-rich plasma contains 5 to 10 times the
concentration of platelets found in whole blood. The concentrated PRP is then
delivered into affected areas of the head and neck via injection, stimulating
and significantly strengthening the body’s healing response.7
Since PRP is an autologous therapy, using the patient’s own blood
product, there is no risk of cross reactivity, disease transmission, or immune
PRP’s effectiveness for migraines will depend upon the medical cause.
Studies have shown that individuals with myofascial TMD (temporomandibular
disorder) are more likely to experience migraines.8
The masseter is a temporomandibular joint muscle and is the main muscle used
in chewing. So injecting masseter muscles with PRP in patients with TMD may
prove to be a useful and effective addition to migraine protocols.
Indeed, studies have shown that PRP can reduce myofascial pain associated with
masseter muscles in patients with TMD.9
Another small study found that PRP markedly reduced pain in TMD sufferers, as
compared to hydrocortisone injections with local anesthetic.10
THE PRP PROCESS
To create a platelet-rich plasma preparation, the following
steps are performed:
A small sample of blood is drawn from the patient and injected into the Dr.
PRP blood tube.
The platelets are then separated from the other blood components and their
concentration is increased using the Dr. PRP centrifuge and by removing some
of the plasma.
The resulting platelet-rich plasma is then applied onto and around the
injured site of the patient.
The concentrated growth factors contained in the plasma trigger a mild
inflammatory response which effectively jump starts the body’s own
natural healing response.
The entire process takes approximately one hour, including preparation and
recovery time. For a complete demonstration of each step of the process, view
our instructional video.
The Dr. PRP is an FDA-cleared medical device, holding the esteemed 510K
clearance, meticulously designed to prepare patients' blood for PRP therapy
quickly and efficiently.
Our patented design creates high-concentration and high-quality platelet-rich
plasma that can be used by your physician to stimulate the healing process.
This may result in tissue regeneration at the injured site, effectively
accelerating normal healing processes.
REACH OUT TO LEARN MORE
BENEFITS OF DR. PRP
- Completely closed, sterile system.
- Outside air is blocked with a double safety cap.
Since the processing is completed within the closed system, there is no risk
of the PRP becoming contaminated.
EASY TO USE
- Each kit comes pre-packaged.
The clear chambers ensure that you can see all the components of the blood
The buffy coat layer is easily seen in the neck of the device, allowing you
to precisely separate the components into the type of PRP you wish to
- You can even eliminate red blood cells from your final PRP product.
QUICK AND CONVENIENT
- The closed system allows for more treatments in less time.
- Customize your final PRP composition for use in different situations.
The PRP can and should be administered as soon as you prepare it with our
kit – no advanced preparation is needed.
One kit holds 20 cc of fluid (3 cc of anticoagulant + 17 cc of whole blood)
and produces 4 cc of highly concentrated PRP or 10 cc of a lower
The platelet recovery percentage of Dr. PRP is higher than the minimal
recovery percentage of other similar products from our competitors.
Platelets require red and white blood cells to survive long-term. Unlike gel
separators that capture the platelets within the gel, our kit allows you to
accurately create consistently efficient PRP at the concentrations you
Our kit can recover over 90% of platelets from a blood sample to produce the
highest quality PRP.
FDA 510K CLEARED
- The kit is now proudly holding the FDA 510K clearance.
According to the ISO 13485, our kit is made with a thorough gamma-ray
Made only with biocompatibility-certification completed raw materials.
TRAINING & SUPPORT
One-on-one, in-service training is provided via GoToTraining, FaceTime, or
User Manual with photos and descriptions detail how to use your new product,
as well as information on PRP and test results.
Enroll in our
Platelet-Rich Plasma CME Certification
course where you can learn cosmetic applications of PRP, including the PRP
Facial and PRP Facelift.
Order marketing materials and educational brochures for your patients. These
brochures explain various applications of PRP, such as sports medicine and
Add your contact information and location to our
Directory of PRP Providers.
To view and order Dr. PRP kits and centrifuges, visit our
online store. For questions and to discuss our products in more detail, contact us today
at 844-377-7787 (DR- PRP-US).
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