Any athlete or individual who works a hard labor job knows that injuries can take what feels like forever to heal and some injuries never fully heal to their condition prior to the injury. Everyone knows how important blood is to your health. However, few are aware that certain components of your blood play certain roles that can have a huge impact on healing and the rate at which one can heal. Blood components include red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. All of the components are essential to healing. Although, platelets and plasma are the most important components for injured parts of the body. Plasma helps all of the components travel through the blood stream to get to the needed areas. Platelets are the clotting factor of the blood which prevent excessive bleeding, these are what scabs are made of.
Why Would One Need PRP Injections and What Are They?
There are many reasons why someone may need PRP injections. Some who have medical conditions that cause their blood count to be low or have trouble making enough plasma or platelets could really benefit from this procedure. However, even those who have no medical condition and are otherwise healthy could still benefit from this treatment to help promote healing to any injury weather new or old. Injured tendons, ligaments, joints, and many other parts of the musculoskeletal system are the most common for receiving a plasma rich platelet injection. Other ailments that can be treated include:
- Runner’s Knee
- Tennis Elbow
- Hamstring Muscle Injuries
An injection will put new plasma and platelet blood cells in the effected areas which will promote progressive healing. Many patients who have tried other types of treatment find that this particular one seems to be the most effective. Old injuries that never healed properly no longer hold many patients back and improve their quality of life and allow them to return to activities they may have participated in once before. However, these injections may take weeks to notice any improvement and depending on the severity, may even need a series of injections.
How PRP Injections Work
One of the best things about a PRP injection is that it does not require any narcotics or unnatural procedures. Using your own blood is especially notable considering everyone’s blood is made by their own body and you won’t have to rely on donations. Once your blood has need drawn, it will then be concentrated so that the platelets and plasma are more than double the amount usually found elsewhere in the blood stream. Once the injections are injected to the injured areas, growth hormones will then be released which will result in new cells to the area and in turn the area will begin to heal.