Platelet Rich Plasma
A new type of treatment for injuries called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections have been gaining significant attention among the medical community. There is still much speculation as to the success of these treatments, but many say that PRP injections are immensely helpful in reducing the recovery time for different types of injuries all over the body.
What is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)?
The blood is comprised of liquid, cells, and platelets. These platelets within the blood are what allows the blood to clot, and they also contain growth factors that possess healing qualities.
Health professionals, particularly those involved in sports medicine, have been working to concentrate these platelets within a single injection that is then applied to the affected area of the body. These modified platelets now possess between 5 and 10 times more growth factors than normal blood and, in theory, can greatly reduce recovery time by expediting the healing process.
Common Uses of PRP Injections
Platelet-rich plasma can be applied to many different situations. The effectiveness of the injections are influenced by factors such as:
- Which area of the body is being treated
- The health of the patient
- Whether the injury is chronic or acute in nature
Research for PRP injection treatments is ongoing with many treatments being used for conditions like:
- Knee arthritis
- Acute ligament and muscle injuries
- Chronic tendon injuries
More About PRP Injections
While evidence to suggest the success of platelet-rich plasma injections is still limited, it is encouraging. To learn more about PRP injections and how successful they may be in treating your particular injury, please schedule an appointment with Vitalize Mind & Body by calling (585) 287-5299.