Platelet rich plasma, widely referred to as ‘PRP’, is a substance that is believed to promote healing through its use in a non-invasive procedure that involves injecting the body with a concentration of platelets. PRP therapy employs the use of latest technologies in the field of medicine to speed up the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Some famous athletes such as Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal have been known to use this therapy to speed up healing of their injuries.Even so, more research still needs to be done to ascertain the effectiveness of PRP. A number of factors have been found to influence the effectiveness of this therapy on some patients such as:
The patient’s overall health
Type of injury. Whether it’s acute or chronic
Part of the body on which the treatment is used
How Exactly Does it Work?
Blood is made up of white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and plasma which is the fluid part of the blood. Platelets are the smallest group of blood cells and are responsible for aiding healing by forming a clot on the wound. Taking a small amount of blood and extracting the platelets to later re-inject them to the areas that need healing is the basic idea behind PRP therapy. Detailed information on how the therapy leads to healing are still sketchy. However, basic laboratory studies have shown that it can be done in one of two possible ways:
The Following are Some of the Conditions on Which PRP’s Effectiveness has Been Tested on
Recent research studies have shown promising results with using PRP in treating chronic cases of tendon injuries such as elbow injuries frequently associated with tennis players. The use of PRP therapy has also shown promising results on patients with chronic Achilles tendonitis(also known as inflamed patellar tendon of the knee). More research still needs to be carried out to prove whether PRP is more effective than current forms of treatment.
Ligament and Muscle Injuries
Most of the positive acclamation that PRP has been receiving would be its use in the treatment of acute sports injuries like muscle and ligament injuries. Over the years, PRP has been used by professional athletes with injuries such as knee sprains and pulled hamstring muscles.
Knee Arthritis/ Osteoarthritis
Some studies have found PRP therapy to be more successful than use of hyaluronic acid injections in the treatment of Osteoarthritis. There is still insufficient results to associate PRP with successful healing of knee Arthritis on a larger group of patients.
Doctors have been involved in the research of whether PRP can help prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Some research studies have linked PRP to the successful treatment of androgenic alopecia, also known as the male form of baldness.
In recent studies, doctors have used PRP injections after surgery to help repair torn tendon ligaments such as on the shoulder’s rotator cuff tendons. More research still needs to be done to prove it’s effectiveness.
The Benefits of Having Platelet-Rich Plasma
Plasma is among the four components of human blood that consists of the red blood cells, white blood cells, and the platelets. However, more than 50% of the blood is made of plasma. This means plasma is a significant component. Plasma’s work is to transport nutrients, oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and various waste products. It also works with other components to keep the body healthy and functioning.
Today, Platelet-rich plasma is among the most trending topics in the health sector. Most people have learned about this new treatment but are not sure of the benefits. As the name suggests, platelet-rich plasma is a treatment where the doctor uses your blood. The doctor or the dentist will need a small quantity of blood to perform the procedure. Below are some of the benefits of having Platelet-Rich Plasma.