PRP Injections (Platelet Rich Plasma) & Stem Cell Tissue Rejuvenation In Coronado
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Medical breakthroughs in the past decade have brought wonderful opportunities for people with certain medical conditions. The PRP injection is one that is quickly turning mainstream. What is it? How does it work, and why would someone need it? We’ll go over all of this plus the benefits of PRP injections below.
Doctors, knowing that your body can heal itself, wanted to speed this process along. To do so, they came up with PRP injections or platelet-rich plasma therapy. This is a branch of regenerative medicine. It works by harnessing your body’s own natural healing abilities and amping up the natural growth factors your body creates to heal itself.
The liquid portion of your blood is plasma. It contains a specific mix of proteins and water. Plasma’s function is to provide a vessel for your body’s white and red blood cells and platelets to make their way through your body. Thrombocytes (platelets) are the tiny blood cells that promote healing and growth functions like clotting. Activating these platelets is key to triggering your body’s natural healing response.
Defining PRP Injections
PRP (platelet-rich) plasma therapy utilizes injections that contain the patient’s platelets. The injections speed up the healing process of any injured joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Since the platelets come directly from the patient, these injections use the patient’s natural healing system to improve common problems with the muscles and skeletal system.
A medical professional prepares these injections by taking one or several vials of blood and putting the blood through a centrifuge. This machine concentrates the platelets very quickly and stimulates the healing response. Then, they inject the now active platelets directly into the diseased or injured tissue.
How Do The Platelets Help With The Healing Process
When the platelets get to the injured or diseased area, they prompt your body to release growth factors. Growth factors increase and stimulate the number of reparative cells your body can produce. It’s common to use an ultrasound to guide the initial injection process. The platelets act like directors for the stem cells in your body. They direct the stem cells to the injury site and have them start repairing the damage. If the damage isn’t severe, this process can happen naturally without using PRP injections.
The relief and repair process isn’t an instant fix; it won’t happen overnight as it can with steroid injections. It takes weeks or even months to notice marked differences. However, steroids can lead to tissue breakdown and trigger bigger problems. PRP injections therapy helps your body grow new tissue and naturally heal any damage.
What Injuries PRP Injections Can Help Treat
This injection therapy is effective as a long-term treatment method for a host of injuries. Some of these conditions are from injuring the area, and others are from repetitive motions or cartilage breakdown. They include:
Back And Neck Injuries
Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip, and Spine
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Pelvic Pain and Instability
Rotator Cuff Tears
PRP Injections vs. Stem Cell TreatmentThe End Goal Is To Make You Feel Better, No Matter What The Age
What to Expect From PRP Injection Therapy
Many people mistakenly believe that stem cell treatment and PRP injection treatment are the same things. However, stem cell treatment is for injuries on a larger scale like osteoarthritis in your joints. The goal of stem cell treatment is to create a much bigger response and offer assistance to the healing process by transporting a large number of stem cells straight to the injured system.
To do this, doctors collect stem cells from the person’s bone marrow or adipose tissue. They then inject it straight int the injured area, just like you see with PRP injections. The main difference is the response required. Stem cell treatment provides a large-scale response to heal these more broad-scale injures that PRP injections can’t typically bring.
How Effective Are PRP Injections?
Since PRP injections are relatively new, research and clinical trials are still in the earlier stages. However, basic studies involving animals and humans show promise for this therapy’s effectiveness.
The findings led to doctors around the country using PRP injection therapy for several different conditions, including chronic and acute tendon issues, muscle injuries, and ligament injuries. However, it’s important to note that the studies usually only involve a few patients.
Some of the best results came from patients who had chronic problems with their tendons. Participants of the study reported they had significantly decreased pain and tenderness in the weeks after the injection therapy.
Currently, there is limited support for PRP injections available in a published study format. However, PRP therapy is widely considered to be a low-risk treatment since it comes from the patient’s own blood. The potential to speed or improve healing is another point in its favor. Researchers will continue to explore PRP injection therapy’s effectiveness, especially since it’s getting more popular.
PRP Injection Risk
Because this therapy involves injecting something into your body, there is a minimal risk for side effects. Luckily, almost all of the side effects are mild and rare. This therapy is autologous. This is a fancy way of saying that it uses substances taken directly from your body. One good thing about this is it greatly reduces your risks for an allergic reaction.
However, a few of the possible risks and side effects include:
Pain at the injection site
Also, the main goal of PRP injection therapy is to optimize your body’s natural healing response, and this includes inflammation. For this reason, your doctor may ask you to temporarily stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications in the week leading up to and directly following the treatment.
You shouldn’t stop them without talking to your doctor first. It’s also a good idea to go over any potential risks or side effects at this time and see what your doctor recommends to minimize your risks.
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