Platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. They contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.
Platelet-Rich Plasma or (PRP) Therapy utilizes these platelets from the patient’s own blood to rebuild a damaged tendon or cartilage. Few milliliters of blood is drawn from the patient’s body, platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.
PRP has been successful in ailments like arthritis, fractures and sport injuries, precisely in:
- Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip and Spine
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
- Ligament Injuries and sprains
- Pelvic Pain and Instability
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Ankle Sprains
How Does Plasma Rich Platelet Therapy function?
The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets directly into the area in need.
To create PRP, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The process is handled manually by a lab technician, producing higher concentrations of platelets and a much more pure concentration of the beneficial blood components.
The PRP is then injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the healing process. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a low risk of allergic reaction.
Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. PRP therapy is very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The salient feature is, with PRP, the need for surgery is greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.
This is a temporary procedure with assured results. Up to three injections may be given within a six-month time frame. Though, mostly patient have considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection.
Is PRP Therapy for me?
Finding appropriate relief is a responsibility against living with acute or chronic pain. A skilled pain physician can accurately diagnose the pain and PRP procedure may be the best treatment option for you. Consult your doctor immediately.