PRP Medical Treatment
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used in surgeries to promote cell regeneration since 1987. Studies consistently demonstrate that the procedure can repair chronic tendon injuries, reduce arthritic pain and heal damaged muscles and ligaments.
Platelet Rich Plasma injections are effective for many cases of osteoarthritis by stimulating healing of cartilage and reducing pain and disability. This includes:
- Knee arthritis
- Hip joint arthritis
- Shoulder arthritis
- Ankle arthritis
Doctors who use PRP therapy to treat osteoarthritis theorize that the platelet-rich plasma might:
1. Inhibit inflammation and slow down the progression of osteoarthritis
2. Stimulate the formation of new cartilage
3. Increase the production of natural lubricating fluid in the joint, thereby easing painful joint friction
4. Contain proteins that alter a patient’s pain receptors and reduce pain sensation
It could be that platelet-rich plasma does all of these things or none
5. More large-scale, high-quality clinical studies are needed before scientists can know
PRP can facilitate regrowth in damaged tissue. Some of the medical conditions PRP Treatment is used for include:
• Tendon, ligament, and joint injuries
• Degenerative joints (Osteoarthritis)
• Muscle pain or nerve damage
Typically, 2-4 injections are required, separate by 1 month apart. This may vary depending on your injury.
First, a small amount of blood is extracted directly from the patient like a routine blood test. The entire process of drawing blood to solution preparation only takes approximately 25-30 minutes. After that, our physicians will use a centrifuge to separate the red and white cells from the blood, leaving the platelets and plasma. What is left, is a yellow liquid consist of concentrated nutrient-rich plasma plus platelets that repair the damage.
Depending on the extent of the injury, PRP could potentially prevent the development of further degeneration.
There is only minimal discomfort, which does not require any anesthesia.
Unlike other treatments, the benefit of PRP therapy provides a sustained outcome, even permanent result. On average, most patients start to see signs of improvement in the form of reduced pain or increased mobility within 4-6 weeks.
Overall, PRP is an exceptionally safe treatment option with no risk of allergic reaction because it is your own blood.
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