Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
PRP is produced from a person's own blood. It is a concentration of one type of cell, known as platelets, which circulate through the blood and are critical for blood clotting. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many factors that are essential for the cell recruitment, multiplication and specialization that are required for healing.
After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge, which is a tool that separates the blood into its many components. Platelet rich plasma can then be collected and treated before it is delivered to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament.
PRP is given to patients through an injection, and ultrasound guidance can assist in the precise placement of PRP. After the injection, a patient must avoid exercise for a short period of time before beginning a rehabilitation exercise program.
PRP is an Effective Treatment for:
- Achilles Tendon Injuries
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Tendonitis
- Ligament, Tendon, and Cartilage Tears
- Osteoarthritis (Knee and Hip)
- Plantar Fasciitis
PRP is also very effective in face and skin rejuvenation, leaving your skin youthful looking and hydrated by stimulating the production of new skin cells which fill in fine wrinkles. This procedure leaves the skin with the appearance of having an invasive facelift.
Key Points to Remember:
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) comes from a patient's own blood.
- PRP is a concentrated source of growth factors and cellular signaling factors that play a significant role in the biology of healing.
- Basic science studies show that PRP treatment may improve healing in many tissues.
- Few clinical studies in humans show the effectiveness of PRP treatment.
- Anti-inflammatory medicines should be stopped before and after PRP treatment is given.
For more information on the benefits of PRP please click on the following links: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3229934/ http://www.sofeminine.co.uk/cosmetic-surgery/prp-injections-the-anti-aging-facial-d48371.html