Getting back to the normal level of activity is one of driving forces of anyone who has been ill or injured. At the same time, it is important to allow the body time to heal sufficiently so that relapse or reinjury does not occur. Fortunately, platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) promotes swift healing so you can feel better and get back in action sooner rather than later. Here are some interesting facts about this restorative therapy.
It Is All About You
When it comes to other people’s blood, most people are squeamish due to the possibility of contamination and rejection. PRP therapy uses your own blood, so it is unlikely that your body will reject it; and since it is yours to begin with, contamination is of no concern. A small amount of your blood is collected then placed in a centrifuge where it is spun at high speed for a period of time. In the process, platelets and red blood cells become separated and concentrated. The concentrated platelets are then injected into the site of your injury where they promote faster healing.
Faster, Safe Healing
PRP therapy is a safe way to accelerate healing in the body. Because the acceleration for healing comes from your blood and not a donor’s, you have peace of mind. You cannot contract a blood-borne disease from this process. Likewise, your body will not reject the platelets because they are your own. The most common side effect from PRP therapy is slight swelling at the injection site. You may experience some discomfort in the affected joint that may last a few days.
Healing Properties of PRP Therapy
This treatment has been in use since the late 1980s when it was used during heart surgery. It is used to treat bone fractures and conditions such as arthritis and chronic pain. Growth factors are contained within the platelets, which promote healing of injured tissues. Interleukin 8, connective tissue growth factors, epidermal growth factors and insulin-like growth factors are components of PRP, and this concentrated form amplifies the natural growth of cells leading to accelerated healing.
If you suffer from arthritis or other chronic pain conditions, contact Dr. Steven Struhl and ask about PRP therapy. Injuries and certain health issues can be addressed effectively with our treatments at Regenerative Orthopaedics. Call today to schedule your consultation.