After suffering an injury, your goal is to get back to normal as soon as possible with a complete recovery. A number of things can be involved with the recovery process including things like rest, medications, and therapy. The use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has, in recent years, also been beneficial in speeding up the healing process.
Platelet-rich plasma is taken from your own blood. It is derived by drawing a small amount of blood and spinning it in a centrifuge machine. This separates the various elements such as red and white blood cells from the platelets and plasma. What is left is then plasma that is rich in platelets. This material is then injected back into the body in the area of the injury in order to speed the healing process along.
Data indicates it is most likely the concentration of growth factors in the PRP that help with healing. The treatments also stimulate the formation of blood vessels. All this contributes to healing of bone regeneration, connective tissue repair, and healing of soft tissue injuries.
In addition to treating the area of the injury itself, PRP can be used to speed along the recovery process when surgery was necessary because of the injury. With some types of injuries surgery is done to sew the tendon back together. In these instances, the PRP is prepared is a special way that allows it to be stitched into the torn tissues.
Platelet-rich plasma usage not only makes the recovery process go faster, but it seems to make it more predictable as well. This can be very beneficial when working out a physical therapy or exercise program when the specific exercises are geared toward a particular phase in the recovery process.
In addition to helping patients recover from surgery and acute injuries like pulled muscles, PRP can be used to help with chronic injuries. These are the injuries that cannot be attributed to a one-time event like a fall or an impact. Instead, they are caused by repetitively using a part of the body for a period of time until it becomes sore and difficult to use.
There is minimal risk associated with PRP treatments. The main reason for this is that the patient’s own blood is used to make the solution that is injected. In reality, nothing is being injected into the body that was not there before. It is not like injecting a foreign substance to which the individual may have an allergy.
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If you have suffered an injury, you might want to discuss the use of PRP therapy in your particular situation to determine if it could speed up your healing time. We encourage you to call our office today, at Stanley C. Jones MD in Houston, so we can better tell you how it might help your particular injury.