PRP, Great for Pain!
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Your blood contains many different types of components. One of the components of blood are your platelets. Platelets play a key role in helping you form clots, so that you can stop bleeding when you are cut, but they do more than that. When you look at the design of the human body, platelets are often attracted to sites of injury. You don’t normally bleed, right? Something happened to cause tissue damage and that is how platelets get involved.
Platelets play a key role in healing tissue damage
When injury occurs, the body will go through a process to try and repair itself. When you get a cut a scab forms and the bleeding stops. Then over the next one to two weeks, the skin repairs itself and you are as good as new! Platelets play a key role in this process. Not only do they help form a clot, but they also contain chemicals that activate your body tissues to repair themselves.
Platelets stimulate healing and repair
Platelets contain a variety of growth factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor, epidermal growth factor and several other types of growth factors. These growth factors, when released into your bodies tissues increase the reproduction of your tissue cells. This increases blood flow into the area by increasing the development of new blood pathways and also simulate bone and cartilage production.
How can PRP help me?
PRP can help a variety of degenerative conditions like arthritis as well as common conditions such as rotator cuff tears, low back pain, and neck pain among others. PRP is frequently used during orthopedic surgery, but it is being used in patients before surgery to help reduce recovery time and expense. If you are wanting to avoid surgery, PRP may be a great solution for you!
What is involved in a PRP treatment?
Once your doctor determines you’re a candidate for PRP you may need to stop any anti-inflammatory medications or supplements for several days. On the day of the procedure a small amount of blood is drawn from a vein, similar to standard blood work. The blood is then placed in a sterile container and centrifuged to separate the components of your blood so the platelets can be extracted. With our device this takes less than 20 minutes. Depending on the site of injection, we will discuss with you pros and cons of numbing the skin. Once that is completed and your skin is cleaned, we will inject your platelet rich plasm cells into the affected area.
Since PRP causes an inflammatory reaction, the area will be stiff and sore for a few days. This inflammatory response is a good thing! This type of inflammation helps your body to heal and regenerate the damaged or worn out tissue. Over the next several weeks your body’s tissues will start to regenerate and repair.
If you would like to learn more about how PRP may be able to help you, please let us know.