The Impact Of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy On Injuries
Over the latest several years, a lot has been written regarding the positive impact that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has on treating injuries. PRP therapy has grown in popularity, brought to popular attention through the successful treatment of notable athletes like Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal. The buzz about platelet rich plasma isn’t rumor and hype. Advanced medical clinics like NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida have been using PRP therapy for years in the treatment of joint injuries like those to the hand and wrist, foot and ankle, and the knee.*
But, in addition to sprains and chronic tendon injuries, platelet rich plasma therapy treats other musculoskeletal issues, too, such as osteoarthritis.* As sports professionals experienced the increased healing time and dramatic pain relief of PRP therapy, the news spread into the everyday world. Now, the results of platelet rich plasma treatment are becoming increasingly known to the general public.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Plasma is a liquid and is what makes up the majority of the body’s blood. Suspended in this liquid are red and white blood cells, as well as cells called platelets. One of the important roles of platelets is clotting blood, stopping its flow when a blood vessel is damaged: like in a cut to the skin. But platelets also have hundreds of proteins known as growth factors. These are essential for the healing of an injury. Platelet rich plasma is blood plasma with concentrated amounts of platelets.
For PRP therapy, platelet rich plasma is prepared in a medical environment. Blood is drawn from the patient and its elements separated through a process called centrifugation. This allows the platelets to be highly concentrated for use in PRP therapy. This concentrate can be as much at five to ten time greater than what is found naturally in the blood.
What Platelet Rich Plasma Treats
PRP is used for a variety of therapeutic treatments. These include:
- Tears and other injuries to tendons and ligaments
- Joint injuries
- Skin injuries
- Hair loss
- Activity-related arthritis
- Tennis elbow and similar conditions
Platelet rich plasma therapy is often used in concert with various stem cell therapies, as well. The two types of treatment work hand-in-hand in repairing diseased and damaged tissue, reducing inflammation and creating healthy, new tissue.*
How PRP Therapy Caught the Public’s Eye
Many people first learned about platelet rich plasma therapy when professional athletes began using it for ligament, tendon, knee and muscle injuries. As many sports pros opted for PRP therapy over surgery, the news media took notice. This was particularly true in cases where platelet rich plasma treatments were shown to help many athletes to return to the game more quickly, and avoid surgery and lengthy rehabilitation.*
Even in cases where surgery cannot be avoided, more and more doctors are including platelet rich plasma in conjunction with surgical procedures.* The healing and anti-inflammatory properties of PRP are an added benefit to recovery.*
Who Makes a Good Candidate for PRP Therapy?
First and foremost, potential patients undergo evaluating by a medical professional. Those who are good candidates for platelet rich plasma therapy generally experience one or more of the following:
- Either acute or chronic pain
- Pain that does not respond well to physical therapy, or persists even after undergoing changes in activity in order to relieve the pain
- Pathological changes that show up on diagnostic imagery
- A desire to explore alternative treatments to surgery
- A disease to a tendon or tendons
- Muscle strains or sprains
Platelet rich plasma therapy is not recommended for people who have naturally low platelet levels, or who have histories of particular kinds of cancer. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, PRP therapy is also discouraged until after birth and breast-feeding. It is best to set up an evaluation before disqualifying yourself, but a reputable medical facility like NSI will advise you appropriately and will not agree to PRP therapy until you have been evaluated.
How PRP Therapy Procedure is Done
NSI Stem Cell Centers use a procedure that is FDA guidelines-compliant. It begins with a sample of the patient’s own blood. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge, the first step in PRP preparation. Centrifugation separates all the components of the blood and isolates the platelets. This allows a serum to be made that has a high concentration of platelets and growth factors. The serum is then injected back into the area in need of treatment. Because the platelet rich plasma is from the patient’s own blood, there is little risk of rejection.*
From start to finish, including the preparation of the platelet rich plasma serum, the procedure may be completed in as little as twenty minutes. There is no need for general anesthesia. Only a topical numbing agent such as lidocaine is required. PRP therapy at NSI Stem Cell Centers is done on an outpatient basis. You can return home immediately after, and resume usual daily activities according to how you feel.
How Long Before the Effects of PRP Therapy are Felt?
Many patients report pain relief very soon after a platelet rich plasma treatment.* But, everyone is different. In general, however, pain relief and mobility improves over a period of days and continues to improve weeks afterwards.* The severity of the injury determines how many treatments of platelet rich plasma will be needed to achieve maximum healing and pain relief.
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.