How Does It Work?
Given to patients through an injection with guidance from ultrasound technology, Platelet Rich Plasma is fast becoming a popular healing treatment method. After the injection, a patient must avoid exercise for a short period of time before beginning a rehabilitation exercise program.
PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a substance made from your own blood to trigger healing. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a relatively simple, non-surgical treatment for joint injuries and arthritis. It merges cutting-edge technology with the body's natural ability to heal itself. The PRP is a concentration of platelets, which can jump start healing. Platelets contain packets of growth hormones and cytokines that tell the tissues to increase rebuilding of tissues to enhance healing. When PRP is injected into the damaged area, it stimulates a mild inflammatory response, which triggers the healing cascade. This leads to restored blood flow, new cell growth, and tissue regeneration. Because the blood is your own, there is no risk of rejection or acquiring blood borne diseases such as HIV or hepatitis.
Where does PRP come from?
A sample of blood will be taken from a vein in your arm under sterile conditions. The blood will be placed in a centrifuge, which is a device that spins the blood. This helps to separate the blood cells from plasma, and allows concentration of the platelets. This process increases the concentration of platelets, which have the healing growth factors, from the normal 6% to 94%. The preparation takes about 15 minutes. The finished PRP product is then available for injection into the joint or tendon under ultrasonic guidance.
What are the Potential Benefits?
Patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms as well as a remarkable return of function. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long-term medication or surgery.