PRP for the Spine
Platelet Rich Plasma injections trace back to the 1970s, and the first recorded use was in 1987 for open-heart surgery. PRP treatments then became more popular in the mid-1990s after practitioners started utilizing PRP therapy for dental procedures, pain management, sports injuries, and cosmetic surgery healing.
How Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Works
Platelets are components of blood that have a lifespan of between 7 and ten days. The platelets contain granules that support clotting and growth. At the time of healing, the platelets activate and conglomerate to release granules that stimulate the healing processes.
During your PRP treatment, platelets become separated from the red blood cells. Centrifugation of the blood separates the platelets containing buffy coat layer from the red blood cells, white blood cells, and the platelet-poor plasma.
The buffy coat portion and part of the plasma are re-centrifuged to derive the PRP. In some cases, thrombin and other platelet-activating factors are induced in the PRP to catalyze the platelets to release cytokines and increase the development of tissue repair factors.
Platelet-rich plasma injections are necessary for sports, and orthopedic medicines and are used to treat conditions such as:
- Muscle Strain Injuries
- Ligament Injuries
- Cartilage Injuries
- Back Pains
- Nerve Injuries
- Chronic Joint Pains
- Tennis Elbow
- ACL Injuries
The use of Platelet-rich plasma treatment in sports medicine has increased over the years. Orthopedic PRP injections are efficient in pain management. Cosmetic surgery, Oral surgery, and Treatment of baldness in men also employ PRP therapy.
Cosmetic surgery, Oral surgery, and Treatment of baldness in men also employ PRP therapy.
The objective of PRP injections is to increase the mass of growth-factors and platelets in the injured areas. It also enables the healing process by promoting regeneration and angiogenesis. PRP’s concentrations of platelets are four times higher than in blood. The treatment is FDA-approved.
How Platelet Rich Plasma Aids in Pain Management
Unlike other treatment plans, PRP injections do not prevent the inflammation process. Instead it utilizes the body’s natural inflammation response and provides all the resources the body needs in order to effectively heal naturally. Inflammation is the natural response that occurs when the body gets injured. PRP increases the number of platelets in the damaged area to quicken the healing and hence reduces the pain.
Inflammation is the natural response that occurs when the body gets injured. PRP increases the number of platelets in the damaged area to quicken the healing and hence reduces the pain.
At times physicians may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The drugs can reduce inflammation temporarily reducing the pain but inhibit the body’s natural ability to react to injury and heal.
Medical practitioners all around the world have begun administering PRP injectiosn because of its capacity to intensify the natural healing process.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy also decreases the suffering for chronic pain patients as it provides the necessary tissue, ligaments, and collagen to support the spine, joints, and other soft tissues in the body.
The advantage of the PRP therapy is that the risk of infection and rejection are minimal since it uses the patients’ blood. Also, the likelihood of an allergic reaction is low.
Platelet Rich Plasma and Sports Medicine
Tendonitis affects almost everyone at a certain point. There are simple treatment procedures for tendons including resting or placing ice on the affected area. Nevertheless, tendonitis can occasionally escalate and become painful and irritating to a point where home treatment cannot remedy the pain.
Sport medicine specialists indicate that at the chronic phase of tendinopathy, scar tissues replace tendons, causing pain and decreased activity and functioning. At this point, to reduce the pain physicians recommend PRP therapy. Athletes are at risk of injuries such as inflamed ligaments, torn tendons, and injured muscles.
Several athletes and sports personalities have undergone Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy including renowned golfer Tiger Woods, Tennis champion Rafael Nadal, Olympic winner Donovan Bailey, NBA star Kobe Bryant, NFL pros Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward and Baseball player Takashi Saito.
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If you are tired of that annoying pain or looking to fasten the healing process, call (631) 485-1137 today for unmatched orthopedic PRP therapy treatment.