Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: What is It?
April 2, 2019
Do you suffer from musculoskeletal injuries? The chronic pain related to these injuries can affect your day to day life and prevent you from doing what you love. One way to treat your musculoskeletal injuries is through platelet-rich plasma treatments. To learn what platelet-rich plasma therapy is, just continue reading.
The human body's blood is made up of 93 percent red blood cells, 6 percent platelets, 1 percent white blood cells, and plasma. Through platelet-rich plasma therapy, the concentration of platelets can be maximized, while the number of red blood cells can be minimized. This allows the platelets to form clots, which can help the body heal. Platelets are rich in connective tissue growth factors, helping to heal tendons and ligaments and stimulate the joint repair process.
Platelet-rich plasma can treat a variety of conditions related to chronic ligament and tendon strains, as well as osteoarthritis. These conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, ankle sprains, tennis and golfer's elbow, hamstring and hip strains, knee arthritis, hip joint arthritis, shoulder arthritis, and other joint arthritis.
The platelet-rich plasma procedure requires a few steps. The first step is a blood draw, where the drawn blood is placed into a special centrifuge. This centrifuge separates the red blood cells, while the resulting platelet and plasma concentrate. The red blood cells are discarded and the concentrated platelet and plasma are used for the treatment. All platelet-rich plasma injections are given with the guidance of an ultrasound, which promises an accurate placement of the platelet concentrate.
Are you considering platelet-rich plasma therapy for your chronic pain? If you think you are a good candidate for this treatment, reach out to Apex Sports & Regenerative Medicine. We offer sports therapy and treatments to individuals seeking comfort. To schedule your appointment with us, call 732-385-2739 today! We are located at 55 N Gilbert Street, Suite 1101, in Tinton Falls and we hope to work with you soon.