What is Platelet Rich Plasma and How Does it Work?

Injuries Treated by Platelet Rich Plasma

What is Platelet Rich Plasma and How Does it Work?

 

No one wants to struggle with an injury. But it’s not just the injury that causes problems. Often times it is the recovery. After an injury, your body does what it can to put itself back together. But, depending on the extent of the injury, sometimes it does so inefficiently or incorrectly – taking months or years to heal, and never fully healing correctly.

Platelet Rich Plasma is a treatment designed to address that. It has been in existence in some form for decades, but only the past few years as more studies have confirmed its efficacy as a way of stimulating natural muscle tissue and cartilage repair, all without surgical intervention.

What Are Platelets?prp-growth-factors

Platelets (also known as thrombocytes) are small cell fragments that are best known for their ability to clot injuries. They seek out damaged blood vessels anywhere inside or outside of the body, and stop further bleeding as quickly as possible.

If you get a cut on your skin and it scabs over, those are platelets that have banded together to prevent blood loss. Inside of your body, platelets are always working, helping to prevent and stop injuries that you may not even know about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are critical for wound healing and maintaining a healthy body.

Introduction to PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma

The primary role of platelets is to induce clotting and stop blood loss. But their role in the body is a bit more complex. Once the clotting has occurred, platelets also trigger wound repair.

It is this function that has made the idea of platelet rich plasma so interesting to wound and arthritis specialists. Studies have shown that increasing the number of platelets that target a specific injured area, doctors can reduce healing speed, improve healing effectiveness, and potentially decrease injury discomfort and complications.

Platelet rich plasma is blood plasma that has been enriched with a greater concentration of platelets. It is injected into injuries, especially soft tissue injuries, and triggers faster healing process that helps you recover from injures at a much greater speed.

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Injuries Treated by Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma is still being studied to see how it assists with a variety of different conditions. But it is best known as a treatment for:

  • Muscle Injuries
  • Joint Damage
  • Tendon Damage/Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Bone Chips and Fractures

Perhaps most importantly, it may heal the body faster than surgery, which for many athletes and seniors is a great advantage. For more information about PRP in Atlanta, call Ortho Stem Cell Atlanta today at 678-726-8713.

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