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Platelet Rich Plasma: A Medical Revolution

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Having emerged almost 20 years ago, PRP therapy has revolutionized medicine through its unique attributes. The treatment is applicable for many musculoskeletal injuries, including sports injuries and has little to no recovery time for patients.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Blood is composed of different components that give the tissue its distinctiveness. It comprises of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets (the three solid components) suspended in blood plasma (the liquid component).

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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) refers to a concentrated form of blood plasma containing a high number of platelets alone. This amount is between 2–6 times greater than what’s typically found in the blood. Since platelets contain multiple growth factors needed for stimulating the body’s healing process, PRP is especially useful for treating tissue injuries. Thus, with the increased amount of growth factors and the clotting properties of platelets, PRP has a number of healing benefits for the body.

How the Procedure Works

To obtain this concentration of platelet-rich plasma, the different components of the blood plasma need to be separated. For this purpose, around 15–60 cc of blood is drawn from the patient and collected as a sample. This is then centrifuged, breaking down the blood tissue in its solid and liquid components.

From this centrifuged mixture, the platelets are extracted and combined with the remaining plasma. Since this mixture contains few other blood cells and is highly concentrated in platelets, the solution is known as platelet-rich plasma.

The PRP is then injected directly at the site being treated. For instance, in case of a calf injury, the PRP solution is injected at the affected calf muscle. With over 1,500 growth factors, PRP facilitates the repair and regrowth of wounded tissue. The healing process is sped up through PRP, reducing pain and inflammation.

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How PRP Has Revolutionized Medicine

Through PRP injection therapy, doctors and healthcare professionals now have a minimally invasive way to obtain autologous growth factors. This means that platelets can easily be obtained from the patient’s own blood, eliminating the chances of tissue rejection that otherwise exist in treatments requiring donors.

Moreover, PRP therapy has little to no downtime. Unlike the lengthy recovery periods that follow other conventional forms of treatment such as surgery , PRP recoveries are much quicker. The procedure itself is performed within 30–60 minutes, and the patient walks out  . While there may be mild bruising following the injection therapy, this subsides within a few days You can continue your regular activities as usual with a few modifications for the injected area..

This minimally invasive treatment is widely used for healing an array of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. It’s especially recommended to athletes who have sustained soft tissue sports injuries and want a safe and effective treatment for those. As PRP therapy can be incorporated alongside lifestyle adjustments and medication, it’s a much more preferable option than surgeries or other invasive procedures.

The skilled staff and doctors at RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy specialise in regenerative injection therapy and stem cell treatment. They offer treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions Cambridge, Thornhill, and Toronto.

Call them at 1 855 847-3975 to make an appointment!

 

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About the author

Nancy

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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