Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments are becoming a more popular option for giving a biological boost to the healing process.
PRP treatments have received significant attention from the media and have been used by numerous professional athletes.
What is PRP?
PRP is produced from a person's own blood.
It is a concentration of one type of cell, known as platelets, which circulate through the blood and are critical for blood clotting. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many factors that are essential for the cell recruitment, multiplication and specialization that are required for healing.
After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge
PRP is given to patients through an injection.
After the injection, a patient must avoid exercise for a short period of time before beginning a rehabilitation exercise program.
Can PRP Treat?
PRP therapy involves the injection of concentrated platelets, autologous growth factors, and secretory proteins into the region of interest. In interventional pain management, PRP is commonly used for acute and chronic conditions such as tendinopathy, tendonosis, muscle strain, muscle fibrosis, ligamentous injury, arthritis, arthrofibrosis, articular cartilage defects, meniscal injury, and chronic synovitis or joint inflammation in areas such as the knees, hips, and shoulder joints. Numerous medical studies have shown the ability of PRP injections to heal injured tissues.
Positive outcomes of PRP injections result from the properties of the therapy including:
Activation of macrophages
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