Platelet-Rich Plasma & PRP Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma, known more simply by the abbreviation PRP, is a clinical breakthrough for the treatments of many painful conditions, such as tendonitis and arthritis. PRP therapy uses blood plasma that has been enriched with autologous platelets. Put simply, that means that it is compatible with any blood-type or antibodies found within the receiver’s blood.
Platelets are a special kind of blood cell that circulates throughout the body and assist in hemostasis (that is to say that they form the blood clot that stops a wound from bleeding). However, platelets are also the primary source of natural growth factors in the blood that help stimulate the healing of bones, joints, and soft tissues.
PRP therapy enhances the natural amount of platelets in the plasma to deliver a more concentrated burst of healing factors than the body can naturally produce, leading to a faster and more complete recovery. Though the exact concentration of platelets can vary greatly, the average platelet count in PRP therapy is about one-million per liter – a five-fold increase from the normal 200,000 per liter.
Clinical Uses & Applications Of PRP Therapy
PRP therapy is still in the early stages of development, but the validity of its applications is nothing short of encouraging. PRP therapy has been shown to be very effective in cases of:
- Nerve Injuries
- Injury of Heart Muscles
- Bone Repair & Regeneration
- Joint Injuries
- Ligament Injuries
- Muscle Injuries
There has even been promising research done to decrease the pain and recovery time from oral and cosmetic surgery.
However, the most acclaimed application of PRP therapy is its use to treat sports injuries in professional athletes. Even potentially career-ending injuries have been treated with a great deal of success using PRP therapy.
Where To Get PRP Therapy
Again, PRP therapy is a very new treatment, so finding a clinic that has the skill and technology available to administer it may still be a difficult task for some time. Even some clinics that claim to keep ahead of the curve are finding it difficult to implement PRP therapy for their patients.
Scottsdale Health Center is one clinic that has recently began offering this miraculously effective therapy to the public. Contact us today for more information on how PRP therapy in Scottsdale, can help you recover from bone or soft-tissue injury fast.