By way of definition and bringing forth concrete understanding, PRP is an acronym that stands for plasma-rich platelet. Injection of the PRP is an health issue that has been applicable since 1987 on open heart surgeries but has currently vastly spread into sports and other health-related fields. PRP so to say is actually plasma with a very high number of platelets in it compared to what is normally found in the blood component. It must be noted that the higher the number of platelets, the higher the growth factors. During a PRP preparation, first of all, blood is drawn from the patient and then the platelets from the drawn blood samples are separated from the rest of the blood. A process called centrifugation is then applied. This a process used to increase the concentration of the platelets in it. The increased-concentration platelets are then combined with the rest of the blood samples. This is believed to speed up the healing process of a patient.
How PRP therapy works
Platelet rich plasma therapy is applicable to patients to speed up the healing process after research in international laboratories did a research and came out with the fact that injury can be healed faster using this process. This is done by using the main method where the PRP is literally injected into the injured area after centrifugation. This is a method called platelet rich plasma injection. This is applicable for situations like Achilles tendonitis. This is a situation that is normal in athletes and tennis players mostly having played for a long time. The heel cord in this condition swells with a sharp pain. The PRP together with anesthetics are injected into this swollen area directly. Normally, the pain on the injured area is bound to increase for some weeks and it is after some time that the person would feel the injury healing out of the PRP solution. Symptoms include:
- Headaches or Migraines
How effective is PRP therapy?
Questions on the surety of PRP and their effectiveness are on the high. Advanced research on the question is not yet arrived at but for the moment, PRP treatment is quite promising. Another thrilling factor on the same is that the health risks associated with the process is quite minimal and even if the treatment factor is minimal, there is no risk in doing the therapy anyhow. PRP hasn’t proofed though effective on tendon injuries that are chronic especially on areas like the elbow. Scientific research is yet to tell the reason and whether there is possible improvement in such situations.