Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)Treatments
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is created by your physician from your blood and injected into the area that is injured. An anesthetic is used so the injection is not painful.
Most people are aware that blood has red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, it is also rich in growth factors and regenerative proteins that provide the necessary healing messages to the injured area. Proteins, called cytokines, are secreted by cells and have specific interactions and communication in the process. If you immediately feel relief from pain from PRP therapy, it is because the cytokines stopped the pain. It is important, then, to follow your orthopedic specialist’s instructions concerning future activity because the repair process takes time to complete.
How is PRP Used?
PRP can be used alone as an injection directly into the site of injury or it can be combined with surgery to improve and speed the healing process. The risks associated with PRP are the same as an injection; however, the benefits of addressing the root cause of pain with PRP makes it a preferred option.
Benefits of PRP
There are many benefits of using regenerative medicine applications such as platelet rich plasma or PRP. The following are a few:
- Pain relief
- In office or outpatient procedure
- No hospital stay
- Healing process is accelerated
- Natural process that addresses the root of the injury
- Use of your own cells
- No risk of rejection
- Harnesses your body’s own natural healing ability
- No transmission of communicable diseases
How Does PRP Work?
When the fibers of a tendon or muscle are strained or torn, they bleed. That blood carries platelets, growth factors and proteins to the injured tendon or muscle causing it to start the healing process. Muscles and tendons need to repair themselves in layers of organized fibers to be flexible and strong.
When the damaged area does not heal properly and you experience pain, it is because enough blood did not reach the area to allow collagen to form multiple layers of new fibers. In these cases, scar tissue forms instead. Because scar tissue does not contain the small capillaries to carry blood through it, pain is felt and increases as more scar tissue grows.
PRP is effective because the orthopedic specialist or an ultrasound technologist will use an ultrasound probe to find the exact spot where the scar tissue is located. This diagnosis and image from the ultrasound allows the orthopedic specialist to place the PRP in the precise area of scar tissue. The presence of PRP initiates the surrounding tissue to start the repair process, and the body heals in a natural manner. The benefits of this therapy include the ability to reach the exact injured area and provide the blood flow necessary for healing. Additionally, it works to speed the healing that would eventually occur over a longer period.
At Orthopedic Centers of America, we care about your desire to get back to your daily activities without enduring pain. Call 1-888-549-0835 to speak to a patient coordinator today and ask if you are a candidate for PRP therapy. In some cases, this non-surgical procedure may eliminate or delay the need for surgery. Get Relief! Life Awaits.