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  • Writer's pictureAdam Whatley

The role of platelets in inflammation and tissue injury

Updated: Mar 24

Inflammation is a complex response the immune system has to tissue damage. Systemic inflammation occurs in different contexts like chronic disease, or as a response to an infection.

The role of platelets

Platelets have multiple roles beyond tissue repair and were described as inflammatory cells several decades ago. Platelets contain a number of inflammatory proteins. The release of these and upon activation enables platelets to recruit additional cells to the site of injury.

Other than regulating the inflammatory response, platelets also facilitate vascular capabilities and platelets can also synthesize biologically active proteins.

Overall Platelets are important players in the development of inflammation. They store multiple inflammatory molecules that, upon release, attract key immune cells and stimulate new tissue. Platelets interact with inflammatory cella and support their interaction with vessel walls. Platelets play a pivotal role in various inflammation-related diseases and targeting platelets could be a promising approach to manipulate the inflammatory response.

Here at Dynamic Osteopaths we use a specialist biological treatment course platelet rich plasma (PRP), which is specifically used to speed up healing and recovery is damaged tissue.

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