Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems
What is PLATELET RICH PLASMA?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a fluid which is extracted from your own blood, and then injected into your joints or tendons to treat a variety of problems. It is concentrated from your own blood, and contains high amounts of platelets (the types of blood cells which cause coagulation). These platelets are full of growth factors, which when injected into diseased areas of your body assist in the repair processes of your damaged tissue.
PRP comes from your own blood. PRP is made by obtaining a sample of your own blood – typically 30-60mLs, then spinning it in a high speed centrifuge to separate the blood components. The different components of the blood separate out in a test tube – the red cells, white cells, platelets and plasma. The platelets are then selected along with a small volume of plasma, they undergo an activation process, and are then injected into your body.
Once produced, PRP is drawn up into a syringe and then inserted using image guidance (either CT or Ultrasound) into the area it is needed. A normal course of PRP is three injections spaced a week apart.
PRP can treat a variety of bone and joint problems.
How Long Does PRP Treatment Take to Work?
The amount of time it takes for this therapy to make a difference will depend on your body’s own healing capacities as well as the extent of your issue. Your age has something to do with it, too. PRP supercharges your natural healing abilities, but someone else who is naturally a faster healer than you are would still see speedier results from the same PRP treatment, all other things being equal.
The only things that might keep you from getting a PRP treatment are a history of blood cancer, possible infections in the target areas, pregnancy, a recent fever or illness, or if you are on anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy. With most of these, you can still have PRP therapy once the issue or condition has passed. With certain medications, it may be possible for you to pause them for a while in order to receive therapy.
How to Get Started
Are you ready to get started? If you’re concerned with the signs of aging, have an injury to a joint or are suffering daily aches and pains from arthritis, if you no longer enjoy sex as you once did, or if you’re suffering from male or female pattern baldness, PRP is an exciting treatment that can make a big difference
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