What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is an advanced biologic tool used in sports medicine to speed and improve healing after an injury or surgery. PRP therapy is extremely effective, yet also simple and relatively inexpensive. PRP injections are also low risk for any form of allergic reaction because the product has been created by centrifuging and enriching your own natural blood supply.
PRP contains white blood cells and other natural blood plasma components like growth hormones and stem cell signaling markers, which are uniquely effective for strong tissue regeneration. Once prepared, the specially enriched plasma will be injected into precisely targeted areas of the body, such as rotator cuff repairs, where it helps with the tendon to bone healing, which is critical for a successful recovery.
PRP is also used for the treatment of knee, ankle, hand and other forms of sports related injuries, with the goal of a speedy recovery and to avoid surgery.
The Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma
Because it contains stem cells and natural healing factors, PRP signals the body to start what is known as a healing cascade, which then rebuilds and regenerates damaged tissue at an accelerated rate over a period of weeks. This may also reduce overall pain and swelling, although there may be some injection site tenderness immediately after the administration of PRP.
What to Expect After PRP Treatment
Patients can expect to see a dramatic improvement on their overall healing time. It may also reduce or eliminate the need for secondary surgical procedures because it improves overall healing, reducing the need for additional surgical repairs. This is especially true in procedures such as rotator cuff repairs where the tendons may be prone to re-tearing because of poor bone and tendon attachment.
How is PRP Obtained?
In order to create platelet rich plasma, the doctor will first remove a small amount of blood. The blood will be kept in a sterile container and taken to an FDA-approved medical lab. The blood will then be spun down in a centrifuge to separate it into different components of plasma-rich protein, platelet poor plasma, or PPP, and red blood cells with white blood cells called neutrophils or neutrocytes.
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