What is PRP Therapy?
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, which is concentrated blood plasma that contains more platelets than whole blood. It also contains higher levels of growth factors, cytokines, and other important molecules that are released by cells after injury or trauma to help stimulate healing
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
PRP therapy is a natural and minimally-invasive procedure that uses your body’s own healing process to promote tissue repair. The therapy involves the use of concentrated platelets from your blood to promote healing and regenerate damaged joints and tendons. PRP therapy has been used for years and its benefits are now well documented in literature.
Different Uses of PRP Therapy
Some common uses of PRP Therapy are for chronic joint/tendon injuries, for recovering from surgery quickly, for preventing or treating osteoarthritis in joints, for improving sports performance by improving range of motion and strength in muscles/tendons.
How to Get Best Results from PRP Injections for Arthritis
The PRP injections for arthritis are a type of treatment that is done to relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation. The procedure is relatively simple and does not require much preparation. The procedure can help in managing the effects of arthritis on joints.
PRP injects are derived from your own blood, which means that there is less risk of getting allergic reactions, infections or any adverse effects related to it. The only thing you need to do before the injection is to be off of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories for 3 days prior to the treatment.
What Do Experts Think of PRP Therapy
PRP Therapy is recognized and used in many different fields of medical practices.
“PRP therapy is a great way to regenerate tissue and help with chronic pain. The injections can help with tendon problems and joint discomfort” said Dr. Celine Gennaro, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
"The treatment has been proven effective for both muscle injuries and joint problems such as arthritis." Said Dr. Susan Tannenbaum, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic who specializes in treating heart rhythm disorders.
How Much Does PRP Therapy Cost
The cost of PRP therapy will vary depending on what the PRP is being used for because the amount of time, technique used, and other factors can vary from person-to-person.