Synthesizing a concoction of cells found naturally in our own bodies and concentrating them to treat ourselves sounds like something on the order of living on the moon or driving a hovercraft to work, huh? Well, welcome to the future. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it is an innovative treatment that practitioners have been refining since the 1990s. And because of its incredibly low risk and rapidly declining cost, the popularity of the technique to treat a range of injuries is increasing.
healing process. The treatment consists of a series of injections (often as few as 2) that contain plasma, platelets, growth factors and cytokines. These are derived from your own blood, which makes the treatment particularly safe—potential side effects are exceedingly limited. Prior to beginning treatment, blood will be drawn which will then be separated out into the parts needed and treated to make the Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy mixture, each ingredient being chosen for its contribution to healing and regenerative properties. Then, the Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy injection will be delivered directly to the site of the injury in question so that the concoction can go to work directly. Think of it as an extremely concentrated (more effective and quicker) version of the way your body would heal an injury itself if left to its own devices. You are just giving yourself a biological boost and the results are generally long lasting (provided patients follow all the instructions of their health practitioner prior to and after treatment). The treatment’s safety, efficiency, and convenience are probably a large part of why the treatment is so popular with famous athletes like Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant.
ilities, their role in promoting healing of soft tissue injuries and wounds goes far beyond stopping the bleeding. By taking a sample of a patient’s blood and using a centrifuge (a machine that separates the respective elements of the sample by spinning it around at high speeds), the platelets and plasma can be separated from the other blood cells, leaving a highly concentrated sample of the platelets. The growth factors contained in the platelets help initiate the healing process and attract useful cells like stem cells to the area to further aid the healing process. Patients receiving treatment via Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy generally begin to see and feel improvement in their condition around 4 to 6 weeks following their initial injection. The long-term success of the treatment is highly dependent on the steps taken after the fact. If your health practitioner recommends avoiding certain activity or taking part in a physical therapy regimen, it is best to heed their advice to make sure that the area that has been treated is not injured again.
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