FAQ’s on PRP Therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma)
What is PRP?
PRP focuses on using the bodies’ own natural healing capabilities with a little assistance from technology.PRP uses a concentrateof platelets to jump-start the healing process inareas of the body that are slow or unable to heal such as the ligaments, tendons, and joints.
Platelets are contained in the blood and are comprised almost entirely of healing and growth factors. A sample of the patient’s own blood is taken and the platelets separated out, forming them into an injectable for use elsewhere in the body.
What will PRP treat?
PRP is mainly used as a tool to counter the damage caused by arthritic damage in areas that otherwise struggle to naturally heal the damage. While PRP cannot fully heal damage caused due to arthritis, it is an important non-invasive treatment that can help patients avoid surgery. This therapy has quickly become the number one option for those who are suffering from tendonitis in the elbow, also known as tennis or golfers’ elbow. PRP also is good for patients with damage to the rotator cuff of the shoulder.
A second focus of treatment is ligament damage. Normally, the ligaments of the body do not have a good supply of natural blood flow and struggle during the healing process. Since platelets contain the important healing and growth factors needed to recover fully,, having poor blood flow makes it near impossible for ligaments to heal on their own. An injection with the use of PRP technology can immensely help the healing of ligaments by delivering a much needed dosage of platelets.
How is the procedure done?
PRP therapy is typically done as outpatient procedure at the Jacksonville, Fl clinic. Once the patient’s blood sample has been taken, the platelets are separated from the other components of blood plasma in a centrifuge. Once isolated, the platelets will be combined into an injectable solution to be used for the patient.
There may be some residual swelling at the site of injection.It is a normal response and is a fundamental part of the PRP process. An injection of platelets and growth factors creates a response similar to the way that the body would respond to a wound, which helps to draw in more of the surrounding healing and growth factors present in the blood. Swelling is just the natural response to this, and will fade in one or two days.
How effective is the Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
Many well-known athletes have made their usage of this therapy public, including Tiger Woods and Hines Ward. PRP therapy has also been accepted by the World Anti-Doping agency, and the NBA, MLB, and NFL as an acceptable and reasonable treatment for athletesin case of a musculoskeletal injury. PRP can return a joint to a level of health nearly equal to what it was prior to injury without causing long-lasting repercussions.
What are the risks of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
The only risks lie with the use of an injection needle, and include the chance of bleeding, infection, or soreness at the site of injection. Since the blood used comes directly from the patient, there is no chance of rejection present. Some patients have found discomfort in the swelling that takes place following injection, but it is very minor and is an intended response.