What is PRP?

 

PRP is platelet rich plasma.  It is a therapy that uses the patient’s own blood to promote healing in injured areas of the body.  Platelet rich plasma is obtained by drawing the patient’s own blood and processing it to separate the plasma.  Within the plasma are growth factors that promote the healing of tissue, tendons and ligaments.  PRP in wound care can offer the patient an option that is only performed once a week.  Depending on the size of a wound, as little as one treatment can heal the area.

 

Platelet rich plasma is derived from your own blood so it has a minimal risk of adverse reaction and no risk of disease transmission.  PRP injection is not recommended for individuals with bleeding disorders, have cancer, active infections or currently using anti-coagulation medications.   Anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided at time of treatment.

 

PRP has been used in orthopedics, podiatry, vascular repairs, dental procedures and wound care.  Platelet rich plasma can also be used in a surgical specialty area.

 

The PRP process is a simple procedure and time efficient.  After the blood is separated in specialized equipment the plasma is removed and ready for use.   Once this is completed the plasma has two parts, platelet rich plasma and platelet poor plasma.  All or part can be used for the required treatment.  The process from the beginning to the end takes approximate 45 minutes.  The plasma is “liquid gold” and will be the key to healing.  PRP offers an opportunity for your body to heal and may avoid surgery.  Other treatments like cortisone may only provide short term relief and PRP will promote long term healing.

 

PRP injections are usually performed two to three weeks apart if necessary.  For some, one treatment offers complete relief.  Typically, three injections can be given in a six-month time frame.

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RBC Staff