Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP Injections use components of the body's own blood to stimulate healing. Platelets, which are usually associated with coagulation (clotting), are also, according to recent research, able to assist in mending and strengthening damaged tissue by increasing certain growth factors. During the normal healing process, the body uses platelets to promote new-tissue growth and repair injuries. By supplementing platelet content, the healing process is accelerated.
During the PRP Treatment, which usually incorporates ultrasound imaging, a small amount of blood is withdrawn from the patient. Which is then processed in a centrifuge to isolate the concentrate plasma from various elements. Plasma contains a high concentration of anti-inflammatory and pro-healing platelets which can be used in various areas where a patient is having pain or arthritis. PRP Injection Therapy is also used to promote rapid healing after non-orthopedic surgeries, including cosmetic treatments such as Microneedling and Hair Restoration.
Conditions Treated with PRPPPR Injections are used to treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including the following:
- Join pain
- Ligament sprais or tears
- Nerve inflammation
- Postsurgical healing from tendon or ligament repair
Advantages of PRP InjectionsThe Platelet-Rich plasma being injected is autologous (comes from the patient), resulting in no risk of cross-reactivity, immune reaction or disease transmission. Unlike surgeries and medication, PRP Injections are minimally invasive and faciliates healing.
Although PRP injections are generally safe, sterilization is of great importance. There is a very slight chance of infection or blood clots, and the remote possibility of allergic reaction.
How many treatments are needed?Most patients require one to three PRP injections, about 4 to 6 weeks apart, in order to achieve optimal results. Occasionally, a fourth injection is necessary. Typically, by the fifth day after an injection, the patient has a significant reduction in pain, and can begin physical therapy.
The procedure is usually performed under local anesthetic in a physician's office. A typical patient experiences little or no discomfort from the injection, but the injection site is usually inflamed and sore for about 48 hours. Taking pain medication and applying ice are recommended.
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