PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY
Today, treatments and advances such as Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy are giving new hope to people suffering from chronic pain, osteoarthritis, or sports related injuries. PRP Therapy is a cost-effective and natural alternative to surgery. The injection of platelets has demonstrated the capability to rebuild cartilage and reduce swelling and pain in the joints and ligaments. At the hands of an experienced physician like Dr. Nolan, this injection therapy treatment’s goal is to not only delay surgery, but to help the patient avoid surgery completely. It works by stimulating the natural immune repair mechanisms and supplying the building blocks necessary to build tissue.
Blood is made up of four main components; red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Each element plays a role in keeping the body functioning properly. While white blood cells help fight infection and disease, platelets act as wound and injury healers. They are the first to arrive when the body experiences an injury; clotting to stop the bleeding and helping to regenerate new tissue at the wounded area.
PRP Therapy involves collecting a small amount of blood from the patient’s arm, then spinning the blood collection tube in a centrifuge at high speeds to separate out the blood’s platelets. The concentrated platelets are then injected back into the injured area to stimulate healing and regenerate local cells. The treatment relies on the components of the platelets in the blood to do their job.
PRP injections can:
- Reduce inflammation
- Diminish pain
- Enhance tissue regeneration (tendon, ligament, soft tissue)
- Improve collagen (base component of connective tissue)
- Increase bone density and repair
- Escalate angiogenesis (development of new blood cells)
Many studies have been done supporting the use of PRP for many orthopedic applications. Here are just a few of the more recent articles for review.