In addition to the liquid known as plasma, human blood contains smaller particles like red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets are made up of tiny proteins that assist the body in healing injuries by clotting. Platelets also serve the purpose of clotting your blood.
In PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, the platelet count is much higher than in normal blood. Therefore, the concentration of healing proteins is greater, also, as much as 5 to 10 times more. This helps athletes and non-athletes alike in healing from various injuries at a much quicker rate.
In order to conduct the PRP: Platelet Rich Therapy process, our friendly staff must draw a sample of some of your blood. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge where the different components are spun at a high speed and separated. The concentrations of platelets in the blood samples in increased. Afterward, these platelets are re-combined with the other components. After the PRP preparation is complete, it is injected at the site of the injury to accelerate the healing process.
The PRP injection procedure can be used to treat conditions such as ACL injuries, plantar fasciitis, ligament sprains, ankle sprains, and osteoarthritis. The treatment procedure can be completed in your doctor’s office, and only takes a few hours, including both preparation and recovery time. Activity limitations will depend on the specific area receiving treatment. In general, you will be instructed to avoid bearing weight on the treated area for approximately two days and you may have to wear a walking boot for 2-3 weeks after you've had the procedure done.
Talk to Drs. Feldman, Saviet and Pelto to determine whether PRP is the right option for treating your musculoskeletal pain or injury.
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