New Technology in Bone and Joint Treatment
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma that is extracted from the patient’s own blood plasma to promote healing bone and joint diseases including the musculoskeletal system, ligaments or tendons. For this purpose, a centrifuge is used to separate the other blood components, and then inject the plasma again into the region to be treated. PRP is an Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP).
A small quantity of blood (10 - 15 ml) is drawn from a superficial vein in the same way as a blood test. Plasma-derived substances are concentrations of repair and building tissues up to 10-25 times higher than normal blood, dependent on the age and physical strength of the individual.
Advantages of PRP
o Safety against blood by using the patient’s own plasma
o Helps avoid the use of anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] and steroids.
o Does not affect the various organs such as stomach, intestines and kidney function.
o Treatment can be repeated several times.
1. Athletes who have injured muscle or tendons for example tennis, football players and golfers.
2. Joints and spinal facets injury or degeneration.
3. People with chronic pain, especially around the neck, shoulder, waist.
4. People with chronic muscle injury.
The research shows that it PRP Treatment may need to be repeated in the injury area for a period of 2-8 weeks or until the pain or inflammation heals. Due to the timing of the cells and tissue repair, pain or symptoms may not disappear quickly and clearly as using a series of steroid injections, yet, the benefit of this treatment is that the doctors can reduce the use of anti-inflammatory drugs in patients who do not need them or use more drugs than necessary.