For centuries, doctors have understood that the body has amazing abilities to heal itself. A relatively new treatment called platelet-rich plasma therapy capitalizes on the body’s natural healing properties, enhancing your body’s growth factors to quickly heal tissue. Here are the basics you need to know about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a concentration of platelets produced by a patient’s own blood. The platelets are in the liquid part of your blood that’s mostly made of water and protein. They circulate the blood and are necessary for clotting, and they contain many essential factors that promote healing throughout the body, including cell recruitment, multiplication and specialization.
PRP is used to treat a variety of health conditions, especially in the fields of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, where doctors and patients need to make the most of initial healing stages. By utilizing PRP therapy during treatment, you’ll see reduced inflammation and an increase in cells, or cell proliferation, which speeds up the healing process.
What are platelet-rich plasma injections?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are produced from a person’s own blood. A blood sample is obtained from the patient, then put in a centrifuge that separates blood into its separate components, and the platelet-rich plasma is collected. Once the plasma is treated, it’s delivered by injection to an injured area of a joint or soft tissue. Doctors may use ultrasound guidance to assist in precise placement of injections, providing targeted treatment for problem areas.
There are many advantages to PRP injections, including the following:
- Reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medications
- Reduce the need for strong medications like opioids
- Few side effects, since your body won’t reject your own blood
What are platelet-rich plasma injections used to treat?
Platelet-rich plasma injections have many useful applications. While they’re primarily used to aid in the healing process, they’re also advantageous in cosmetic procedures, since they promote cellular regeneration. Here are a few of the common applications for PRP injections:
- Repairing injuries or damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints
- Improving the appearance and overall health of skin during cosmetic procedures
- Helping to alleviate chronic pain
Do PRP injections work?
Many studies have shown that PRP injections improve healing in soft tissue and bone. There are many documented cases where PRP has improved the healing process, including for patients who have shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff tears, for achilles tendon ruptures and other soft-tissue injuries. While researchers are continuously studying this relatively new treatment, it shows promising results for a variety of conditions, especially chronic tendon conditions.
Whether you’re suffering from chronic pain, you’ve received a tendon or muscle injury due to an accident or you’re pursuing cosmetic procedures, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can stimulate healing and promote cell regrowth. Since PRP injections use your own platelets, your body won’t reject them. Get in touch with the team at Feel Amazing Institute/ Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology to discover more about the benefits of this new and promising therapy during an initial consultation.
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