Platelet-rich plasma is a treatment in which healing is encouraged in a specific part of the body using your own blood platelets. Today, this treatment is used for everything from hair growth to tissue repair. At our clinic, we use PRP therapy to help with ligament, tendon, and muscle repair.
What Are Platelets?
To understand what PRP is, you should first understand the composition of your blood and the purpose of platelets. Your blood consists of red and white blood cells as well as platelets, which are the three solid components of your blood. Over half of your blood is plasma – the liquid portion made from water and proteins. It allows the solid components to circulate throughout your body.
Platelets are blood cells that are necessary for your body's natural healing functions because they secrete growth factors and also play a role in the blood clotting process.
Platelet-rich plasma is made when your practitioner draws a few tubes of your blood. Then, the tubes are placed in a centrifuge, which spins and separates into its different components based on their weight. The platelets are then harvested, and your practitioner injects them into the area that requires healing. As a result, the platelets encourage the tendon, ligament, or muscle to heal using the blood's healing power.
What to Expect After
You may have a bit of swelling or redness at the injection site. Pain and bruising are also possible.
You'll be asked not to wash the area for the first 48 hours after the procedure. Generally, you'll notice a difference in your pain in the first few weeks and months after your injections. However, it may take six to nine months for you to see the full effects.
Benefits of PRP Therapy
PRP therapy uses the power of your own body for healing purposes. There's little chance of an immune response since the blood is your own. You're also not likely to experience an inflammatory response.
Unlike a surgical procedure, you don't have any downtime after the procedure. Therefore, you can leave the office and resume your usual activities. You also don't take a foreign substance in your body with this type of therapy, which is a perk with more and more people looking for alternatives to drug therapy.
Pain Management in Margate & Fort Lauderdale, FL
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