The Role Of Blood Platelets In Healing
Blood platelets are cells that already circulate through your bloodstream. These platelets are responsible for the clotting that slows and prevents excessive blood loss from an open wound. They also contain all of the natural ingredients that your body uses to heal injuries, including:
- Growth Factors – Many different kinds of growth factors are contained in blood platelets that help to stimulate the strengthening and regeneration of bone, muscle, and connective tissues.
- Cytokines – Special hormone-like proteins and peptides that assist in the body’s immune defenses and help to stimulate healing.
You may have heard that injuries simply do not heal if blood-flow to that area is obstructed. This is because without the platelets found in that blood, the body cannot heal correctly.
PRP therapy works by distilling these platelets into plasma that contains as much as five-times the normal amount of healing blood platelets that can then be applied directly to the injured area to stimulate fast, effective healing.
The Preparation & Procedure Of PRP Therapy
PRP therapy begins by drawing blood directly from the patient. With that patient’s own blood as the main ingredient the risk of infection and negative reaction to the treatment is virtually eliminated.
The blood is then spun in a special centrifuge which helps to separate the platelets and forms the platelet-rich blood plasma needed for the therapy.
Once the platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, has formed, it is then injected back into the patient at the site of the injury or condition targeted for healing. PRP therapy begins to work immediately, but may take 2 or 3 injections to reach full effect and benefit. These treatments usually take place 3-4 weeks apart.
This therapy has been shown to benefit many conditions safely, effectively, and best of all, naturally. Some of these conditions include:
- Nerve Injuries
- Ligament Injuries
- Bone Brakes & Fractures
- A Wide Array Of Sports Injuries
PRP therapy is an innovative procedure on the cutting-edge of science, and all of its potential benefits are not yet known. However, as research into PRP therapy continues to move forward, its positive effects are sure to reveal exciting new treatments for many injuries and diseases.
Scottsdale, Arizona’s Premier Source For PRP Therapy
Scottsdale Health Center is one of the few clinics in the nation that offer PRP therapy to the general public. This brand new therapy was developed to reach maximum benefit at an economically-sound price so that it can be experienced by as many as possible.