Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a relatively new treatment that uses a patient’s own blood to promote the healing of injured tendons, joints, muscles and ligaments. platelet rich plasma is rich in growth factors and platelets, which are important for healing. When PRP is injected into an injured area, it can help to promote healing and reduce pain.
PRP therapy is a relatively new treatment that uses a patient’s own blood to promote the healing of injured tendons, joints, muscles and ligaments.
How effective is platelet rich plasma as a therapy?
PRP therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions and injuries, including:
- tennis elbow
- ligament sprains or tears
- muscle strains or tears
- joint pain or arthritis
PRP therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for joint pain. In a study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers studied the effects of PRP therapy on patients with chronic tennis elbow. They found that PRP therapy was effective in reducing pain and improving function in these patients.
Another study published in The Journal of Knee Surgery reported that PRP therapy yielded good results for patients with osteoarthritis.
PRP therapy has also been shown to help treat sports-related injuries. A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed that PRP therapy was effective for treating muscle strains or tears and ligament sprains or tears.
How is PRP therapy administered
There are a few ways that platelet-rich plasma therapy can be administered, including:
- injections directly into the injured area
- topical applications
- intravenous injections
- applied to gauze, which is then taped over the injured area
The platelets in platelet rich plasma therapy are injected directly into an injured joint. This causes platelets to release growth factors, which help the patient’s body to repair bone or tissue damage more quickly. The platelets also play a role in clotting, which can stop bleeding and form a cast for the bone.
One of the main benefits of platelet-rich plasma therapy is that it uses the patient’s own blood. This means that there is little risk of infection or adverse reaction. Additionally, since PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood, it is less likely to be rejected by the body.
What are the side-effects of platelet-rich plasma therapy
There are few known side-effects of platelet-rich plasma therapy. However, some patients may experience minor side-effects such as swelling, bruising, or pain at the injection site. In rare cases, patients may experience more serious side-effects such as infection or blood clotting. It is important to speak with your doctor if you experience any side-effects after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy.
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