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Is platelet rich plasma, a remedy for your ailments

Overview

Platelet rich plasma also known as PRP is an essence that is known to stimulate healing when delivered, plasma is an element found in blood that posses growth factors and proteins that facilitate blood clotting and regeneration of new cells. As the PRP is more concentrated than the normal blood, it is observed, by injecting the concentrated platelet rich plasma into the areas to be treated will increase regeneration of the new cells and quick healing

Application of Platelet Rich Plasma

Hair loss; PRP treatment facilitates hair growth and reduces hair loss when injected into the scalp

Tendon injuries; for chronic tendon problems, including tennis elbow, ankle sprains, jumper’s knee and patella tendon knee

Acute injuries; Treating temporary pains and injuries PRP treatment has worked wonders, injuries arising from sports such as muscle sprains ankle sprains and knee

Post operative repair: after surgeries PRP is injected into the site of injury in order to repair tissues and the torn tendons and ligaments such as rotator cuff tears

Osteoarthritis: PRP as compared to the steroid injections are more productive in the conditions of severe knee arthritis and osteoarthritis

Preparation and Procedure

Preparing the Platelet rich plasma injection is not a long procedure, it just takes a few steps

The blood is drawn from the patient’s body and spun into a high speed centrifuge for 15 minutes, so that the all the blood components, including plasma, red and white blood cells and platelets are separated, and concentrated to 3 times higher than the normal blood, the concentrated blood is then injected into the site of injury, X-ray guidance is used to direct the needle to the targeted area

Side effects

As there are certain risks attached with any procedure followed by injections, however, PRP involves elements that are drawn from the patient’s own blood, hence the risks of allergic reactions are minimal as compared to other injections with steroids.  Some commonly observed complication includes;

  • Infections in the injected area
  • Nerve pinching
  • Pain and swelling at the injection site
  • Tissue damage

Recovery

When PRP treatment is given following the injury or any surgical procedure the physician might advise you to rest the area, however you can also continue with your routinely activities soon after the PRP treatment. The PRP injections are responsible to provide you with instant relief, however the complete recovery process will continue for weeks to months

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