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Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP)

Platelet rich Plasma or PRP has been surprisingly popular recently due to athletes using it to heal their injuries.

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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – How it Works, Its Benefits And Side Effects?

Platelet-rich Plasma or PRP has been surprisingly popular recently due to athletes using it to heal their injuries.

It has many benefits, from increasing hair growth to regarding any damaged tissue. Doctors are also using PRP as a method to reducing inflammation.

The human body has a natural ability to heal itself. The idea of PRP is to take this ability, amplify it and then use it at the affected sites to accelerate the healing process. Components from one’s blood are drawn into an injection and are injected into the affected area to accelerate its healing. PRP is a quite new method and is still yet to be recommended by experts due to lack of evidence.

PRP was first used in 1987 for the regeneration of cells after surgeries and was later started to be used for many other problems as well.

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How it Works

Plasma is the liquid portion of blood and contains proteins, enzymes, salts and respiratory gasses. It serves as a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

Platelets are components present in our blood that are used for the clotting of blood mainly to heal an infection site. These are also called thrombocytes and are fragments of large cells of bone marrow.

The idea is to inject an injection filled with a concentration of platelets are the affected site to promote the healing function of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Blood is taken from our body and is placed in a specialized spinning tube. The components of blood are separated due to the spinning and then the separated platelets are filled into an injection.

Sometimes, doctors use ultrasound imaging to guide the injection so that it may be injected at the specific infection site.

Benefits of PRP

PRP Injections are being used for various many problems, some of these include:

Hair Growth
Doctors are using PRP injections in the room of hairs to promote hair growth and reduce hair growth.

Injuries
PRP injections are being used to heal many injuries involving muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. PRP injections are injected into the damaged tissue area to accelerate its healing.

Post-Surgery Repair
Doctors are using the help of PRP to help patients heal after surgery.

Osteoarthritis
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) has proven to reduce pain from OA by using substances from the body’s blood to treat damaged joints. In this method, the doctors inject PRP directly into the joint with hopes to reduce pain, improve its function and partially repair the cartilage.

Recovering Time after a PRP Injection

You can almost go back to your daily tasks at home or outside right away but doctors recommend a rest of at least 2 weeks of the treated area so that it could completely heal.

Experts are currently unsure how PRP help with OA but doctors think that PRP might do the following:

  • Formation of a new cartilage
  • Prevents inflammation and slows the process of OA
  • Enhances the production of natural lubricating fluid in joints to ease painful joint friction.
  • Insert proteins that may affect the pain receptors and reduce the feeling of pain.
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FAQs

Do you have questions about Platelet-rich Plasma? You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions below

How much does Platelet rich Plasma therapy cost?

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has been reported to be between $500 and $2000. Very few insurance companies cover this due to the lack of evidence.

How long does Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy last for?

Many studies have shown that PRP lasts for about 6 to 9 months.

Is PRP safe?

PRP therapy uses the person’s blood to heal damaged tissue. So, it is considered safe but is not recommended by experts.

Why is PRP painful?

In the first phase of PRP, the sore area is swelled before injection of PRP. The swelling of the sort area is needed for the blood cells to start healing for the long term.

Who should not get PRP?

PRP injections are not safe for those patients who have a medical condition that may become worse through injections such as an infection, skin disease, etc.

Is PRP FDA Approved?

PRP is not FDA approved but you can get it done legally in a clinic in the USA.

Is PRP Treatment Permanent?

The results of a PRP therapy last up to 6-12 months but you may prolong the effects of PRP by taking good care of your body.

How Painful is a PRP Injection?

PRP injections are usually not that painful but the level of discomfort depends on the area being treated. Usually, the joint areas are less painful.

What is the success rate of PRP Injections?

PRP injections are mostly used for the healing of a damaged tendon, muscle, ligament, or joint. Its success rate is 70% to 80%.

How often should you get PRP Injections?

It is recommended to get PRP Injections monthly for the 3 months in a row. After this, the results last up to 6 to 12 months and can be prolonged by taking good care of your body.

Is PRP Better than Filler?

PRP injections are usually way safer than filler and often show better results than fillers as well.

Can I walk after PRP Injection?

You can almost go back to your daily tasks at home or outside right away but doctors recommend a rest of at least 2 weeks of the treated area so that it could completely heal.

What should I avoid after a PRP Injection?

You should avoid icing or heating the injection site for 72 hours after the procedure. You should also avoid hot baths for a few days after the procedure.