WHAT IS PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a component of blood that contains proteins, that helps blood to clot. It also contains proteins that support cell growth.
By injecting PRP into damaged tissues it helps stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and therefore promote healing. A medical professional will take your
blood and spin it in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are then concentrated and injected back into
the patient at the site of injury or pain. Platelets also contain growth factors which help with the healing process.
In conclusion, this helps trigger your body’s healing response.
BENEFITS OF PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP):
- Promotes wound and tissue healing
- Stimulates collagen and elasticity production
- Regenerates tissue and bone deterioration
- Reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Encourages repair and regeneration of nerve tissue
- Reduction in neuropathic pain and an increase in sensation
- Helps people suffering from spinal disc or joint disease
- Helps give long lasting relief for low back pain
HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) INJECTION:
- A healthcare professional will draw your blood.
- The blood is placed into a centrifuge. The machine spins around very quickly, causing the blood components to separate. The separation process takes about 8 minutes.
- Healthcare professional takes the separated plasma and prepares it for injection into the affected area.
- Imaging will also be used, such as ultrasound, to pinpoint specific areas for injection, such as a tendon. Your provider will then inject the PRP into the affected area that needs healing.
THE GOAL IS TO HELP REDUCE INFLAMMATION, NERVE PAIN, JOINT DEGENERATION, TISSUE DETERIORATION AND PAIN PROGRESSION.
Shauna S. Medical Assistant