PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous concentration of human platelets in a small amount of plasma. Since it is the concentration of platelets, it is also the concentration of 7 growth factor proteins. These growth factor proteins have been shown to be actively secreted by platelets in order to begin healing of the treated site. PRP contains growth factors and bioactive proteins that affect the healing of tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. For this reason, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been used in surgery for the last 2 decades, and over the years there has been great interest in the use of PRP in the treatment of sports injuries.
Due to the variety of possible uses and numerous studies conducted, PRP is probably the main product based on platelets that are being used for the purpose of tissue regeneration. PRP is an ideal treatment for individuals suffering from chronic pain associated with joint degeneration caused by osteoarthritis or those who have recurring soft-tissue injuries. PRP injections are used to treat torn tendons, tendinitis, muscle injuries, arthritis-related pain, and joint injuries. They are also becoming more common for cosmetic procedures.
PRP is an autologous derivative because it is obtained by processing the patient’s own blood. With this in mind, the risk of derivative rejection or adverse reactions is very unlikely. Your body recognizes platelets without any problems, so there is almost no risk of side effects. The patient’s blood is converted into PRP by a special centrifuge. The prepared plasma is then injected into the treatment site. At least five days before your procedure, discontinue anti-inflammatory medications. One week before your procedure, discontinue any blood thinning herbs or supplements. One to two weeks before your procedure, discontinue systematic steroids.
What to expect
PRP injections send a high concentration of protein directly to the injured area, these growth factors trigger your body’s natural healing process. This increase in protein focuses on healing where you need it most, so you can potentially recover faster than if you just waited for your body to take action.