- by Dr Vivekananda Bhat
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- Nov 30 2017
PLATELET RICH PLASMA: WHAT IS PRP TREATMENT?
Platelet rich plasma is a non-operative treatment that naturally promotes long term healing of musculoskeletal conditions and relieves pain caused by such injuries and conditions. PRP treatments are becoming a popular choice amongst individuals and athletes because of the positive effects the treatment has.
What is PRP and how is it created?
Platelet rich plasma is basically human blood spun down and separated to produce platelets which have concentration above normal values. Platelets not only help in clotting blood to stop bleeding but have other healing properties. Platelets are rich in connective tissues, initiate repair and promote healing. PRP maximizes this natural healing process by increases the platelet concentration and injecting it into the affected area.
The procedure is fairly short and simple. They draw a small amount of blood from the patient and place it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood at high speeds to separate RBCs and platelets. Once the RBCs are discarded, the concentrated platelets are used for treatment.
What are the uses of PRP treatment?
Platelets accelerate healing and help in tissue repairs and healing of muscles, ligaments and tendons. PRP treatment is most effective with conditions that could not be treated by conservative methods. Many professional and recreational athletes as well as highly functional individuals have seen significant improvement and have found long term fixes and relief in this treatment.
- Shoulder and hip pains
- Spine issues
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring pain
- Knee and ankle problem
- These are some of the conditions for which PRP treatment has been administered and the patient has shown significant healing and experienced reduced pain and disability.
PRP is an option which could help you avoid surgery and help in minimizing pain. But, the results depend highly on the extent of injury and how the body responds to treatment.
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