Maybe you have heard about PRP and want to know if you are a good candidate for PRP Therapy. By way of explanation, PRP stands for “Platelet-Rich Plasma.” PRP is a product known as a biologic, meaning that it is derived from a living body system (In this case, your own). PRP has been shown to relieve pain by naturally creating a healing cascade for many musculoskeletal systems.
One of the main reasons PRP is believed to be effective is that it provides a highly-concentrated version of your own naturally occurring blood plasma. You may be surprised to learn that blood plasma actually has a number of different components, including platelets (also called thrombocytes) and other clotting factors, albumins, dissolved proteins, hormones, oxygen, fibrinogen, globulins and stem cells. Platelets are the smallest of all the blood cells in the plasma, however, they contain alpha and dense granules that are essential factors for healing.
PRP is generated from a blood sample that is then spun down to alter the ratio of the platelet components. This creates three distinct layers. The white blood cells and platelets will aggregate to the middle, creating a layer called a buffy coat. This layer comprises less than 1% of the now centrifuged blood, and yet it contains three to five times more platelets than the normal ratio within the body.
Once prepared, the platelet-rich solution is re-combined with the remaining blood sample, and then injected into the area that needs healing.
As mentioned, once re-injected, PRP initiates a healing cascade, speeding recovery time. Patients are generally advised to rest for the first one to two days. Any discomfort is usually managed with ibuprofen and other over-the-counter analgesics. Platelet-rich plasma injections can also be used in conjunction with other treatments, including surgical procedures. PRP therapy has been shown to be effective in treating:
- Chronic tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow
- Back and neck injuries
- ACL injuries
- Rotator cuff repairs
- Acute muscle and ligament injuries, such as those sustained during sports
- Speeding recovery time after surgery
- Treatment of osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis) Patellar Tendonitis
- Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis
Depending on the exact area being treated, you may require several treatments. The full effect of the treatment may take up to a week to reach full effectiveness. Only a qualified physician can determine if you are a good candidate for this advanced form of treatment, which is a great non-invasive treatment option when trying to avoid the risks and costs of a surgical procedure.
If you have any questions on your candidacy for PRP therapy, or want to know more about PRP therapy, and are in in the Clinton Township area, look to board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Carroll at Movement Orthopedics for the advanced PRP treatments you need. Call (586) 436-3785 or request an appointment online right now.