10 Facts about PRP that you need to Know
There is a lot of information on the Internet available, especially if it is something as effective and almost inexpensive treatment that has gained popularity in the most recent years. In this article we are going to talk about 10 amazing facts about PRP therapy that you really need to know, especially if you are considering trying something less invasive alternative to surgery.
1. PRP is made from the patient's own blood
PRP is made of plasma enriched with blood platelets. How is this done? A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and put in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the red blood cells and other blood components. This process aims at isolating and eriching the plasma, which has five times the amount of platelets found in whole blood.
2. PRP therapy is very safe
PRP therapy has been known as a safe way to speed up healing. Because PRP is drawn from the patient's own blood and received by the same patient, there is no risk of rejection adver reaction or disease transmission.
3. PRP produces virtually no side effects
As a mentioned above, PRP is prepared from patient's own blood, which makes it a very natural an extremely safe procedure. Depending on the patient's pain tolerance, it may be mildly painful at the moment of the injectiion, but is definitely bearable.
4. PRP isn't a new tratment
It may seem like a newer treatment, but PRP was first developed in the 1970's and first used in Italy in 1987 in an open heart surgeery procedure. PRP therapy began gaining popularity in the mid 90's. It has since been applied to many different medical fields, such as sports medicine, pain management, cosmetic surgery and dentistry.
5. PRP is very effective in treating the causes of lameness and can help heal joint injuries in horses
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6. Orthopedic applications of PRP
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a regenerative injection therapy designed to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Proposed clinical and surgical applications include spinal fusion, chondropathy, knee ostearthritis, tendinopathy, acute and chronic soft tissue injuries, enhancement of healing after ligament reconstruction, and muscle strains.
7. PRP is more effective at treating knee osteoarthritis than hyaluronic acid injections.
Knee osteoarthritis is a very common chronic degenerative disease that could impose significant costs to the health system. Although osteoarthritis can affect all joints, knee osteoarthritis is the most common type among adolescents. Non-surgical treatments include corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid, and PRP (platelet rich plasma). The aim of this study was to investigate the efficiency of platelet rich plasma versus hyaluronic acid for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. The results concluded that PRP was more effective.
8. PRP is more effective than cortisone injections
PRP therapy is also more effective and durable than cortisone injections. It doesn't wear off as quickly, and results of this study proved PRP to be more effective and durable than cortisone injections for the treatment of chronic recalcitrant cases of plantar fasciitis.
9. PRP is popular among professional athletes
Did you know that top golfer Tiger Woods has benefited from PRP therapy. Who else?
Stephen Curry, Takashi Saito, Troy Polamalu, Kobe Bryant, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova. Just to name a few!
10. You can have PRP at PROLO VALLARTA by a certified Prolotherapist
Here at PROLO VALLARTA you can have PRP prolotherapy with the satisfaction that a truly professional is making you feel better. Do not hesitate and make an appointment.