Platelet Rich Plasma Injection

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection

Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.

PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.

To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood.

A small blood sample is taken from the person being treated and put into a centrifuge or other specialized device that spins at high speed. This process separates platelets from other blood components. The concentration of platelets is then injected into the area of the person’s body that needs to be treated

In PRP therapy, a concentration of platelets is injected into the damaged ligaments, tendons, joints, etc., in order to promote tissue repair and accelerate the healing process. Since platelets are rich in growth and possess healing properties, an injured individual can resume a pain-free life in an average of four to six weeks.
PRP injections are effective for conditions like lumbar spine disc pain, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder pain, tennis and golfer’s elbow, Patellofemoral syndrome (runner’s knee), ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction and pain.

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