An Introduction To PRP
- Posted on: Oct 15 2015
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. Platelet rich plasma is simply blood plasma that has a high concentration of platelets. These platelets contain special proteins known as growth factors. Platelet rich plasma is made from your own blood, which has many advantages.
What is PRP used for?
The growth factors in platelet rich plasma help the body heal. PRP can be used to help bones, ligaments, and tendons regenerate or repair themselves. It can also be used to speed up wound healing, assist in the development of new blood vessels, and more.
Platelet rich plasma can be used to treat:
- Arthritic joints
- Tennis elbow
- ACL tears
- Sports injuries
- Lower back problems
- Degenerative disc disease
- Shin splints
- Rotator cuff tears
It is also used to treat other issues, consult your doctor if you’d like to learn more about using PRP for specific issues.
How do treatments work?
A week before your PRP treatment, you’ll need to discontinue the use of non-steroidal anti inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). You’ll need to avoid them throughout the course of treatments.
During your appointment, a small amount of your blood will be drawn and placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood to separate it into specific components and create the PRP. The process takes about 15 minutes and afterward the concentration of growth factors and platelets in increased by up to 500%.
Once the PRP has been created with the centrifuge it will be injected into the specific area being treated. This will cause mild inflammation that helps to speed the healing process and trigger the development of collagen.
Some patients may only need one treatment while others will need multiple treatments. If you need multiple treatments, they’ll be spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. You’ll still need to avoid taking any NSAIDs during this time.
PRP treatments are very safe and have only minor side effects, if any, however, these treatments are used to help wounds, ligaments, and tendons heal which can be a slow process. This means that you’ll need to avoid strenuous physical activity while you’re recovering and closely follow the instructions given by your doctor.
To learn more about platelet rich plasma, visit one of Action Sports Medicine & Pain Management’s locations in Queens or Long Island, New York.
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