What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelets are an important part of blood and are responsible for blood clotting to prevent the bleeding. PRP consists of much more amount of platelets and other vital growth factors than normal blood. PRP is formed to treat numerous disease or conditions. PRP therapy involves injection treatment at the area of disease. Normal blood platelets include natural healing and growth factors. When it is centrifuged, the newly formed blood plasma becomes rich in growth and healing factors and named as Platelet Rich Plasma. Centrifugation increases the concentration of matching platelets.
What disease or conditions can be treated by PRP?
Bone regeneration, plastic surgery recovery, tendinitis, cardiac muscle injury, osteoarthritis of shoulder, spine, hip and knee, ACL injuries, rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, neck and back injuries, pelvic instability and pain, ankle sprains, ligament sprains, skin rejuvenation, cardiac muscle injuries and hair loss can be treated by PRP therapy.
How PRP works?
When there is a soft tissue injury, first of all, our body delivers platelet cells. These are enriched with essential healing and growth factors. Platelets initiate the repair process and also allow stem cell’s critical assistance to encourage healing. Natural healing of PRP intensifies body efforts by providing a higher amount of platelets into the desired area directly.
What are the pre-treatment precautions?
- Avoid corticosteroid medication 3 weeks prior to therapy
- Stop non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs
- Drink enough amounts of fluids
- Stop anticoagulation medication
Is there any risk of side effects?
PRP is very safe and effective treatment. But every treatment and therapy may have little side effects which vary person to person. Most common side effects of PRP treatment experienced by some patients are an infection, pain at the place of injury, allergic reaction, skin discoloration and blood clot. There is a minor chance of these side effects and lasts for the small time period.