What is platelet rich plasma?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary regenerative medicine procedure in which a substance derived from a patient’s own blood is used to speed healing and alleviate pain caused by a variety of musculoskeletal issues. The in-office procedure begins with drawing the patient’s blood. The blood is then sent to a lab where it is spun in a special machine known as a centrifuge to produce a substance highly-concentrated with platelets. Platelets contain growth factors and healing properties that can stimulate the body’s natural healing process. The PRP is then injected directly into the point of injury, under local anesthesia and with guidance of an ultrasound to insure precision.
What types of problems can PRP treat?
PRP is used to jump-start healing and decrease pain caused by numerous musculoskeletal injuries, conditions and even surgeries. Countless top athletes have extolled the amazing results of PRP, including: Super Bowl winning football star Hines Ward, and basketball’s Kobe Bryant and Steff Curry. Among the most common injuries treated with PRP therapy are: ligament tears, muscle pulls and sprains, all kinds of joint pain, Achilles tendonitis, chronic back pain, osteoporosis, fractures and plantar fasciitis.
Is platelet rich plasma therapy safe?
Platelet rich plasma therapy is totally safe. In fact, it does not carry any of the major risks or potential complications of traditional treatment for musculoskeletal problems, such as surgery and medication. Since PRP is derived from a patient’s own blood, the risk of any adverse reaction is extremely unlikely. A patient may have minor bruising at the injection site, which may also be numb for about an hour immediately after the procedure. There may be some soreness and stiffness, as well. However, all of these reactions are temporary. Typically, significant improvement is felt a month after treatment, with maximum benefits experienced between three and six months following treatment.