Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the liquid portion of the blood that contains red, white, and platelet cells. Platelets make up around 10% of the blood’s biological components in the human body. Your blood platelet concentration is boosted to 90% in PRP, dramatically enhancing the healing potential of your blood. The concentration of healing growth factors in Platelet Rich Plasma can be up to ten times higher than in regular blood, which aids in the healing process. PRP is a safe therapy that uses your own blood and has a low risk of side effects. Platelet Rich Plasma, unlike cortisone shots, builds rather than weakens your body’s structures.
Platelets include growth factors, which are proteins that aid in the healing of wounds. Because most injuries occur in areas with insufficient blood flow, the injuries are deprived of the platelets and growth factors required to rebuild injured tissue. According to studies, PRP treatment can cure this problem by providing platelets to the wounded area of the body, which aid in healing. Platelet Rich Plasma combined with regenerative medicine products has been shown to speed up the healing process by more than 80%.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a natural way to treat a chronic ailment by utilizing your body’s inherent healing potential. An injury can only be healed for a particular amount of time, known as the “inflammation stage.” The body quits trying to repair an injury after three to six months, and the damage becomes chronic. PRP has the ability to re-start the healing process. PRP therapy, which has been utilized in sports medicine since the mid-1990s, stimulates and enhances soft tissue repair, such as that caused by:
Common Questions About Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
The injected platelets produce a large amount of growth factors, which trigger an inflammatory response and start the healing process. Growth factors promote blood flow and matrix development, which aids in the production of new soft tissue, as well as the restoration of tendon and ligament proteins and the strengthening of cartilage. PRP can speed up healing and possibly remove the need for surgery, especially in tendons with a weak blood supply.
Platelets, also known as thrombocytes, are the smallest blood cells that flow through the circulatory system with human blood. One of their main functions is to bind together and form clots in the presence of broken blood arteries to halt bleeding.
Platelets activated by the presence of an injury, on the other hand, can trigger a whole healing cascade, including bringing in stem cells to reconstruct damaged tissue while plasma nutrients work to regenerate tissue.
Five days before your procedure, stop using any anti-inflammatory medications (e.g., Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Aspirin, Celebrex, Voltaren, Mobic, etc.) or supplements (Tumeric, Curcumin, Ginger, Fish oil, etc.). If you need these medications for a medical reason, talk to your doctor before starting therapy. Drink plenty of water the night before and the morning of the injection to ensure a good blood draw.
May eliminate the need for harsh treatments, such as pharmaceutical dependency or surgery.
When compared to the results of established therapy, it appears to significantly speed up healing.
The pain and swelling went away on their own.
With a shorter recovery period, the return of function is more complete.
PRP enhances and guides the body’s own natural healing activities, therefore there are few adverse effects.
Except for the blood sample and injection, the procedure is non-invasive.
Therapy can be repeated safely, although one treatment may be sufficient.
Injections can be given directly into the injured area, including tendons and ligaments, without causing them to weaken.
Expect to spend one to one and a half hours in the clinic. Prior to your injection, you will need to submit paperwork. A blood sample will be taken from your arm, and the blood will be processed right away. The PRP will be injected into the afflicted area the same day in the clinic under ultrasound monitoring. An orthosis may be prescribed, followed by any medications, including physical therapy, depending on your injuries. At this time, a follow-up visit will be scheduled.
PRP can trigger a healing response, with inflammation being the first stage of recovery. As a result, PRP might induce stiffness and minor edema, which can persist up to a week. Anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided for up to two weeks after the procedure to allow the body’s natural inflammatory response to fully recover. If necessary, ice, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and prescribed pain medications can be used. For safety reasons, activities involving the injured body part, as well as flying, are discouraged during the first week. One week following the PRP joint treatment, physical therapy can commence.
This is dependent on the kind of your injury. PRP is usually used in conjunction with physical therapy as a single treatment for soft tissue injuries. A supplementary biologic injection may be needed if the healing effects plateau. PRP treatment combined with rehabilitation may not be necessary for chronic disorders such as osteoarthritis and chondromalacia of the joints. Due to the joint’s persistent degenerative condition, it’s probable that additional supplemental treatment will be required in the future. During follow-up, the sort of additional treatment would be determined.
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How long does it take to see results?
PRP joint treatment might take anywhere from weeks to months to show results, depending on the severity and location of your condition. Patients have reported feeling the benefits in as little as a week while others see full recoveries in just a few months.
Are PRP injections covered by my insurance?
PRP is an elective procedure that is not reimbursed by insurance companies. This is not billed to your insurance and cash payment will be necessary prior to your procedure.
- For a few days after your surgery, you should expect some soreness at the injection site.
- Your doctor will prescribe pain relievers for you.
- You can relieve your discomfort by applying cold compresses.
- You’ll be told to cease taking any anti-inflammatory drugs.
- You may resume normal activities, but you should avoid strenuous activities like heavy lifting or workouts.
Risks and Complications
- Pain at the injection site has become more intense.
- Damage to nearby nerves or tissues.
- Scar tissue formation
- Calcification at the injection site.