Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
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What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a type of regenerative medicine which harnesses the body’s ability to heal itself.
PRP therapy can be used to treat a number of different conditions from joint pain to hair loss.
How does PRP therapy work?
To understand PRP therapy we first need to understand two elements:
In platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy blood is drawn from a patient, spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets 2-8 times as much as they would be in the system and then injected into the area of injury.
Because of their healing properties, the injection of them directly into damaged tissue helps to stimulate growth and boost the level of restorative cells that your body produces.
This process builds on the body’s ability to heal itself, with the highly concentrated platelets accelerating the recovery process.
What can PRP therapy be used to treat?
PRP therapy can be used to help speed up the healing of a number of injuries affecting areas like joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Increasingly, patients turn to PRP injections as a way of easing the pain caused by soft tissue injuries such as achilles tendon ruptures and rotator cuff tears.
Likewise, PRP has been proven to improve movement in patients with tendonitis conditions like tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis).
Because of its healing power, PRP therapy can often prevent the need for the use of any stronger medications like opioids.
What’s more, because PRP injections are created using a patient’s own blood, the body is much less likely to react badly to the treatment.
What is the recovery time for PRP therapy?
PRP therapy tends to take around 30 minutes to carry out, with the patient being able to continue with their day almost immediately after having the treatment.
Are there any side effects in PRP therapy?
As mentioned, because PRP injections are created using a patient’s own platelets they typically do not have any negative reaction to the treatment.
However, there is the small possibility that an individual might have a certain level of pain or irritation at the injection site.