PRP injections are concentrations of highly potent healing cell fragments that are extracted from the patient's blood. These fragments are called platelets. Extracted platelets get re-injected into an area of the body that needs help repairing damaged tissue. A non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment option, PRP injections have been effective for both medical and aesthetic procedures.
PRP injections work by infusing a problem area of the body with a large volume of what it needs to heal itself. Like other forms of regenerative medicine, PRP injections are based on the thought that the body is proficient at healing. If the body is provided the right building blocks and growth factors, the healing process can be enhanced and accelerated naturally and non-surgically. This can be done in several ways, one of which is PRP injections.
What is in a PRP Injection?
As you would expect, PRP injections are rich in platelets - a component of the blood that is the natural healing mechanism of our bodies. They are the smallest type of blood cells in the body, and these platelets trigger the healing response and perform other crucial functions in the recovery process. The more platelets present in an injured area, the better the healing process goes there.
The platelets are harvested by first collecting a sample of the patient's blood and then processing it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the sample very fast, separating the plasma from the rest of the blood. The plasma is a whitish-clear liquid containing the platelets, growth factors, and other vital cells that help in recovery. This plasma gets injected into the patient, supporting the process of cellular restoration.
PRP injections, and all regenerative medicine, aim to improve the body's function, helping it to repair damaged cells and tissues. The human body is incredible at healing and has been doing so since the womb. As we age, we lose the ability to heal rapidly, and the process slows down considerably, getting to the point where "normal" injuries can end up turning into chronic problems.
What Can PRP Injections Treat?
Conditions that can be relieved with PRP injections include:
- Knee pain
- Torn ACL
- Joint pain
- Urinary incontinence
- And much more
For years, professional and amateur athletes have been using platelet-rich plasma to heal injuries quickly and get back in the game. PRP injections can aid in healing injuries to joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. It helps alleviate pain and spurs on the recovery process to speed up the process and help ensure acute injuries don't become chronic.
PRP injections are also being used for aesthetic treatments to help with anti-aging, hair loss, sexual performance, and much more. To find out if you're a good candidate for PRP injections, contact the caring team of The Park at Sugar Creek for your free consultation.