It is an amazing non-surgical therapy that is an injection of a concentrated mixture of the patient’s blood. Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment also called as PRP; its injections provide relief from acute and chronic pains. It is used to accelerate healing of inner tissues and joints. It promotes early muscle, tendon healing and stimulates the repair process. PRP aids Plantar fasciitis, Meniscus tears, Osteoarthritis of the spine, hip and knee, Ligament sprains and Rotator cuff tears. The PRP could help in improving and accelerating functional recovery and allowing early return to function. PRP has been used in surgery for two decades. Lately, PRP has been utilised in the in the treatment of sports-related wounds and injuries.
How does it work?
There are four basic processes involved.
- First is the actual lab draw. Around 60cc of the patient’s blood is drawn.
- A blood sample is placed in Platelet Concentrate System. The spinning process separates blood into its primary components platelets, plasma, red blood cells and white blood cells.
- A portion of plasma is removed. The patient’s concentrated solution of platelets is mixed with the remaining plasma to form a concentrated solution.
- This platelet-rich solution is then interjected into the injured tissues.
When PRP is introduced into the area that is hurt, it stimulates a meek inflammatory reaction which activates the healing cascade. This will restore blood flow, new cell growth, and tissue regeneration.
Benefits of PRP
The limited blood supply and poor healing properties of ligaments, cartilage and tendons make treatment essential after damage. Unlike physical therapy or medications that don’t treat the root of pain, PRP motivates the curative course eliminating the cause of pain. Patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms and the significant return of function. This may eliminate the need for more hard-line healing procedures such as long term medication or surgery.
Is it safe?
The big advantage of PRP treatment is the safety. Patient’s own blood is taken, treated and then introduced again into the patient’s body. Patients are never hesitant to re-introduction of their own blood back into their body, so they are inclined to this therapy. This treatment is close to a natural process as it does not involve synthetic platelets. Because the blood is a patient, there is no risk of infection or acquiring blood born diseases such as HIV or hepatitis. Unlike a lot of other treatments that have been used medically, they find their way into the aesthetic world while PRP treatment is a completely natural process.
PRP treatment is a permanent fix. The risks involved are minimal. Because of the rejuvenation function of platelets, they are used as a trigger to accelerate the healing process in complete secure and protected way. The whole treatment process takes an hour. There may be a pain at the injection site, but it disappears after some time. PRP is a plain, cost effective and viable treatment with generally high patient satisfaction. Before going for this treatment do consult your physician.