What is PlasmaHeal?
A revolutionary non-surgical, regenerative procedure that can accelerate the natural healing of muscle and tendon injuries or manage chronic injuries that have not responded to physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and other conservative treatments. Also known as platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
What is platelet rich plasma (PRP)?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma and its purpose is making the conditions in a damaged area more conducive to healing or anabolic. Here the term anabolic means making an area pro-repair or better able to heal.
Platelets are a natural source of growth factors, which recruit other cells to enhance tissue regeneration and healing. Platelets and accompanying stem cells are responsible for repair, whether in healing an injury or recovering from surgery. PRP is produced from a person’s own blood. It is a concentration of one type of cell, known as platelets, which circulate through the blood and are critical for blood clotting. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many factors that are essential for the cell recruitment, multiplication and specialization that are required for healing.
What is PRP therapy?
- To create PRP, this procedure involves withdrawing your own blood and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. This process will be producing higher concentrations of platelets and a much more pure concentration of the beneficial blood components.
- The PRP is then injected into and around the point of injury, and also will be inserted intravenously.
How Does PRP Help Heal The Body?
- The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells.
- Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells.
- PRP’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets directly into the area in need.
Is PRP Safe?
- Yes. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.
PRP is a next-generation injection procedure commonly used to treat the following conditions:
- Sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries.
- Diabetic nephropathy
- Diabetic wound/foot ulcer
- Knee, back, shoulder, and other pain
- Skin problems such as acne, scars, eczema and etc.
- Hair loss
- Peptic ulcer
- Slip disc
- Facial rejuvenation
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Is PRP right for me?
If you suffer from arthritis, an injured ligament, or tendon injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring and alleviates further degeneration of the tissues. There will be an initial evaluation with your doctor to see if PRP therapy is right for you.
How many treatments are required?
The response to treatment varies. Most patients require three treatments, but some patients require more. Patients are usually evaluated to see how they will respond to the injection. For more severe problems, additional injections may be necessary. Some people respond immediately, but most of the time, it takes approximately six weeks to respond to the treatment. For severe problems, some people require more than three treatments.
This will be discussed between you and your physician. Up to six injections may be given within a six-month time frame. However, a large number of people gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection.
What to Expect After the PRP Injections
The aftercare for most PRP injections is relatively simple. Patients will resume activity at their own pace. The pain from the process typically will last a few days, occasionally longer, and some patients have more severe or sporadic pain than others.
Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.
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