Platelets are blood cells with several roles to play in the body. One is to promote blood clotting so that a person does not excessively bleed when they are cut. Another is to contain proteins and growth factors in the blood that help wounds to heal. This part is considered like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Researchers found that by injecting high concentrations of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) in areas of inflammation or tissue damage it can encourage wounds to heal because the injection contains a high concentration of growth factors. The idea is that injecting PRP into damaged tissues will stimulate your body to grow new and healthy cells to promote healing. This way the body’s tissues may heal faster with extra growth factors that play a significant role in the biology of healing and tissue regeneration.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy has made headlines, often because it is favored by elite athletes to help them recover faster from injury.
After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge which separates the blood into its many components. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can then be collected and delivered to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, disc degeneration, and joints, via an injection.
A numbing lidocaine solution is applied in the area before which results in minimal discomfort. Using Ultrasound or Fluoroscopy guidance can assist in the precise placement of PRP treatment in a process that usually takes a total of 15-30 minutes.
There may be soreness at the site of the injection that can last for a few days. Most people return to work and normal day to day activities immediately after the injection.
This procedure would involve following doctor’s recommendations pre and post-treatment.
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