Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is gaining popularity for various orthopaedic conditions, including tendon injuries, ligament injuries, and arthritis.
Platelet-rich plasma comprises two components: plasma, or the liquid portion of blood, and platelets, a type of blood cell that aids in healing throughout the body. Platelets are well-known for their ability to clot, but they also contain growth factors that can stimulate cell reproduction and tissue regeneration or healing in the treated area. Platelet-rich plasma is simply blood with more platelets than usual.
The goal of PRP therapy is to help the body heal itself by using the patient’s own natural healing process.
Conditions treated with PRP
People who suffer from arthritis or discomfort in their primary joints may benefit from having PRP injections. In these patients, receiving PRP injections can help reduce pain. PRP injections are typically an excellent option for patients who have not yet reached the point where they are ready to have a hip, knee, or shoulder replacement.
What are the side effects of PRP therapy?
The majority of patients will not experience side effects following PRP therapy. However, some individuals may have minor nausea and vertigo following the blood draw. After receiving a PRP injection, most patients can resume normal activities nearly immediately.
How to learn more about PRP therapy
If you have questions regarding Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy . Call our office to request an appointment.