Platelet-rich plasma is a cutting-edge technique used to promote healing after surgery or injury. Using a centrifuge, experienced physician Brij Vaid, MD, concentrates platelets, the component in the blood associated with healing and clotting, and then injects the resulting solution into your injury site. This state-of-the-art process is available to the men and women of Clayton, Missouri, at Personalized Direct Care. Make an appointment online or call the office today.
Your blood is made up of several components, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, all in a liquid called plasma. The platelets in your blood are there to promote clotting and contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that are associated with healing.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is just that: plasma that has been concentrated with an extra-large dose of platelets to promote faster healing. Sports fans have probably heard about famous athletes like Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant using PRP to recover from injuries like knee sprains or chronic tendon injuries, but while this was once a procedure only available to elite athletes, it’s becoming more common today.
PRP is usually applied directly to the injury site, and this can be done in several ways. First, your blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge, which will concentrate the dense platelets. One option is to then combine the PRP with an anesthetic and inject it into the injury site. While the discomfort might increase for a few days, it will promote faster healing almost immediately.
Another option is to prepare the PRP in such a way that it can actually be stitched into torn tendons or ligaments by your doctor during surgery.
PRP is most effective when used to treat acute injuries, such as a soft-tissue injury from a fall, but can be used to treat chronic injuries as well. Injuries to ligaments and tendons respond well to PRP and it can also help speed up recovery from general surgery.
PRP injections are different for everyone, and it can depend on your overall level of health, the severity of the injury you’re trying to treat, and the location of the injury. While it’s not thought to be effective for fractures, most patients report faster recovery and less downtime after surgery than with traditional methods when used to treat soft-tissue injuries.
Another effective option for you might be stem cell therapy. Using a similar technique of injecting you with a natural healing substance, stem cells therapy can treat many of the same injuries. Stem cells naturally promote growth and healing to injured areas, so an infusion of stem cells can be even more effective than PRP in speeding your body’s ability to heal itself.
If you’re interested in how PRP injections could help you recover, call Personalized Direct Care or use the online scheduling tool today.