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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy For Pain Relief

Submitted by on January 29, 2011 – 1:18 am2 Comments



During 2010, eminent personages like Chris Canty (a DT at New York Giants with hams injury), infamous Tiger Woods (knee pain) & pitcher from Philadephia Phillies C. Lee (stomach) have been largely responsible for making a contentious pain treatment popular.

Dubbed ‘platelet rich plasma therapy’ (PRP), it entails centrifugation of an individual’s blood till it has a strong blend of growth factors (protein/matter which aids in growth stimulation) & plasma cells. The resultant matter is then re-administered via jab form direct inside the injury-ridden tissue. Theoretically, the growth factors post-distillation ought to heal & enhance tissue health – that has been observed in a laboratory setting. Researchers operatively made lesion formations in the tendon & several tissue areas of animals and platelet rich plasma therapy was observed to nudge the injury-ridden tissue into swiftly forming novel blood vessel & collagen. In the interim, testaments by pro sportspersons indicate that the injections do appear to be working effectively even in human beings. Presently, recreational sportspersons are allegedly clamouring for platelet rich plasma therapy for treating a wide-ranging array of complaints from back aches to epicondylitis, although the method atypically is provided cover by insurers & could be costing one thousand dollars for an injection.

PRP works by augmenting platelet baseline strength for delivering a potent concoction of growth factors which could drastically improve tissue recuperation. The major plus point about this therapy is the use of that person’s own blood hence zero risk of any communicable infections & hardly any danger of allergic reactions.

The PRP method would take around an hour or duo, which includes preparing for the treatment & recuperation period. Conducted in a safe manner in a physician’s clinic, the PRP treatment helps in relieving pains minus the risk of operation, anesthetizing the patient (general) or hospitalization & no protracted recuperation period. Factually, majority of the individuals could revert back to their vocations or regular activity soon following the method.

Close to 3 shots of platelet rich plasma might be administered within a 6-month time period, generally conducted 2-3 weeks away. One might, though, garner notable respite following the initial or 2nd shot.

Since the objective of PRP therapy is resolving pains via recuperation, it can demonstrate to have long-term outcomes. Preliminary improvements might be noticed within some weeks, eventually augmenting as the recuperation advances. Several scientific studies have found PRP treatment to have immense efficacy in pain relief & patients living normal life post-procedure. Magnetic resonance imaging as well as ultrasound scanning has revealed perfect tissue restoration following PRP treatment, substantiating the recuperative process. The requirement for surgical intervention could additionally be lowered by the treatment of injury-ridden tissue prior to damages advancing & the conditions becoming irreparable.

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