Among professional athletes, recreational athletes and highly functional individuals the acronym PRP is gaining popularity and has become the starlet of the recent news and publications. PRP or Platelet rich plasma therapy, is a cutting edge non invasive treatment option that relieves pain by naturally promoting the long lasting cure of the musculoskeletal disorders. Many health professionals have crowned PRP injections, strikingly for athletic injuries, to actify them returning back to the game and competing with least to no pain at all. This ground breaking approach represents a promising potential for many ailments such as arthritis, tendonitis and ligament sprains and tears. PRP therapy bounty patients with a long lasting, permanent answer to their pain through the body’s natural healing process. PRP is not a therapy that fades off as the traditional pain killers
What is PRP (platelet rich plasma)?
Platelet Rich Plasma, as defined by The National Institute of Health, is human blood, rotated to separate a combination of highly concentrated platelets above normal values. Platelets are fundamentally the clotting cells of our blood, but also posses a great potential of growth factors, that promotes the healing of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Dr. Zaki Anwer, MD, explains, The growth factors liberated by the Platelets recruits reparative cells, may augment tissue repair and pace tissue healing.
PRP has been widely practiced in surgery to enhance shoulder rotator cuff and Achilles tendon repair. PRP has also shown great potential when injected into a chronically injured tendon and when complete healing has not taken place. Several other clinical trials are underway to evaluate the full spectrum use of PRP.
In spine practice, physicians have noted the remarkable results when PRP is injected into the spinal ligaments, into facet joints or intervertebral discs when other traditional treatments have doomed
The doctrine of PRP
Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in its publications elaborates the doctrine of the human blood composition. Our blood is composed of 93% red blood cells, 6% white blood cells, 1% platelets and Plasma. In the light of the above research, the platelets are relatively in a negligible number, yet they are notoriously accepted for their blood clotting abilities, particularly on cuts and wounds also they act as a game changer in healing other injuries
PRP acts as a game changer for certain conditions
- Lumbar spine disc pain
- Rotator cuff injuries, including partial-thickness
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring and hip strains
- Knee sprains and instability
- Patellar tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
- Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction and pain
Lumbar and cervical facet dysfunction and pain