The human body has the ability to heal itself and platelet-rich plasma therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that can amplify the natural growth factors your body uses to heal tissue and harness those abilities.
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to heal injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve his or her musculoskeletal problems. PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells that your body produces.
Is this for me?
PRP has a high concentration of Platelets, which contain growth factors that are thought to stimulate chondrocyte proliferation, leading to cartilage repair. The aim is to relieve symptoms, potentially delaying the need for joint replacement surgery. In acute or chronic bursitis, tendonitis or tendon injuries, the platelets stimulate healing, including stimulating the production of collagen, which is an important component of tendon and ligament tissue. Platelets also contain proteins that alter a patient’s pain receptors and can therefore reduce pain sensation. Having a PRP injection is very safe because it uses your own natural elements. It is your own body product so there are no chances of having any allergic reactions.
How is this carried out?
This works by drawing a small sample of your blood in the clinic, which is then spun in a centrifuge for approximately five minutes to separate the plasma from the other blood particles. The platelet rich plasma is then injected back into the area to stimulate collagen and elastin production. It is also not a new treatment. It has been used in the hospital system for its effective healing properties since the 1970s. The results from PRP take between three to four weeks to appear but are long lasting and typically stay from 12 to 18 months in approximately 80% of patients.
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