In the 21st century it’s all about growth factors, stem cells, and methods to repair and regenerate injured body parts. For these biologic therapies we use Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP which contain the body’s growth factors and stem cells. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a minimally invasive non-surgical treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions.
The body’s natural reaction to an injury is to send platelets from the blood to damaged tissues to initiate healing. PRP treatment uses your own concentrated platelets and growth factors to stimulate and enhance the body’s own healing response to treat acute injury, inflammation or chronic degenerative disease.
How PRP Therapy Injections Are Done
The entire treatment, from blood draw, to solution preparation, to injection, takes 40-50 minutes. Before injections are given the skin and underlying tissue is first anesthetized to minimize the discomfort.
Step One: Blood Draw
First step in a PRP Therapy injection is to draw the patient’s blood to prepare the platelets.
Step Two: Spin To Separate PRP
The blood sample is then loaded into a centrifuge and is spun for a certain amount of time to separate the components, namely Red Blood Cells, Poor Platelet Plasma and Platelet Rich Plasma.
Step Three: Load the PRP and Inject
Once we have successfully separated the PRP (buffy coat), it can directly be loaded into a syringe for application onto the patient
Uses Of PRP Therapy
There are many applications where PRP Therapy can be very effective ranging from Pain Management to Healing Soft-tissue Injuries. Ligament sprains and tears (Menisci, ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL), Patellar tendonitis and tendinosis, to Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golfer’s elbow), Achilles tendonitis and tendinosis, Acromioclavicular joint dysfunction and pain, Plantar fasciitis, OA of knee joint.
Since PRP is prepared from your own blood, there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission and virtually no risk of infection. This technique is Cost effective , Convenient as you don’t have to stay back at the hospital or clinic for recovery, Natural and 100% safe.
PRP injections are done in clinic and usually take about 40-50 minutes. Blood is drawn from the arm, and placed into a centrifuge, which separates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the injured site. Patient has to wait in the clinic for another 10 – 15 minutes following which he/she can go home.