What is platelet rich plasma therapy?
Platelet rich plasma therapy (or PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets in order to increase several different growth factors. These factors can drastically increase the healing of bone and soft tissue. Platelet rich plasma therapy is basically platelet enriched blood. Normal blood contains about 6 percent platelets. However, platelet rich plasma contains around 96 percent platelets. These platelets are what contain the major growth factors that make these treatments so effective. Since the blood comes from the patient’s only supply, there is no risk of infection, rejection, or any other adverse side effects.
What can platelet rich plasma therapy be used for?
Platelet rich plasma therapy was first developed in 1987 to be used during open heart surgery. Since that time, it has been applied to such fields as cosmetic surgery, dentistry, sports medicine and pain management. It can be used to directly treat nerve injury, as well as bone repair, plastic surgery, tendonitis, and with hair regrowth. PRP will also accelerate healing in general injury such as broken bones as well as skin and muscle tears.
Platelet rich plasma therapy is an exciting option for a variety of treatments in the world of healing and rehabilitation. The professionals at Discover Optimal Healthcare will diagnose your specific condition and inform you if PRP therapy is right for you. The preparation for treatment takes a few hours since the blood needs to be extracted from the patient and then prepared separately. However, the application of platelet rich plasma therapy only takes minutes and the recovery time is negligible. The overall time of healing after the treatment depends on the specific patient. It will typically take a few weeks, although the pain relief will be significantly higher than without the platelet rich plasma therapy. The need for additional treatment or surgery is also significantly less when the therapy is applied.
If you have an injury that requires platelet rich plasma therapy, look no further than Discover Optimal Healthcare. We will institute this revolutionary treatment to help you get back on your feet.