For matters of the heart, time holds the cure. This idea is almost absolute for most cases. But for other injuries that involve tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints (musculoskeletal injuries), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections may help in accelerating the healing process.
Plate Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment has been used by a number of professional athletes and has received significant attention from the media.
Blood contains Plasma, Red blood cells, White blood cells, and Platelets. Platelets are little discoid cells with a life expectancy of around 7-10 days.
These Platelets have a significant role in the wound healing process. They work together by aggregation and formation of a clot to stop further bleeding of an injured site.
Platelets are usually found in the circulating blood. But accumulating PRP and injecting the concentrate to an injured site may guarantee faster wound healing. The concentration level may differ depending on your blood platelet count, the technique of extraction and equipment used. And studies show that clinical advantage can be acquired if the PRP has a four times greater concentration than normal blood.
Sometimes, doctors make use of PRP injections for repairing a torn tendon like the Rotator Cuff Tendon in the shoulder.
Doctors may inject PRP into the knees of those people with osteoarthritis.
Note that none of these procedures have been thoroughly demonstrated to give complete results.
Only certified experts must perform PRP treatment. Wrong administration of this treatment can lead to irreversible effects. Heed these factors that allow you to choose your doctor wisely.
By: Dr. Ben Talei
An ultrasound procedure uses sound waves that forms images to visually demonstrate the site of injury. It’s a similar technique used in monitoring and assessing the condition of your body. This method is also used in monitoring the progress of pregnancy.
The pain typically subsides during the third to fourth week after treatment. It continues to improve over half a year. Recovery time relies on the extent of the injury, and your body responses towards wound healing.
Though PRP uses your own blood sample for the procedure, possible reactions may still occur. However, the use of an ‘autologous’ sample lessens the dangers of unfavorable effects that can happen from infusing different synthetic and chemically-prepared pharmaceuticals.
Some risks may still occur from injecting your own PRP which includes:
Discussing the potential risks with your doctor is necessary before undergoing the treatment.
Evidence from studies shows that the success of PRP treatment is purely circumstantial. Your ability to recover delicately depends on the outcome of the injected PRP treatment and your body responses towards healing.