PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) injections have been in use for years and they can be used to treat various health issues. PRP injections make use of the patient’s blood to promote the healing process. PRP is the naturally occurring substance in the body. Hence, PRP injections are safe and effective and do not cause any side effects.
What is PRP?
PRP contains two portions namely plasma and platelets. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood. On the other hand, platelets are a type of blood cells that are responsible for various functions. Platelets help the body’s healing process by promoting blood clotting. Along with this, platelets also contain growth factors. The growth factors stimulate cell production and tissue regeneration. This helps for the healing at the injured or affected site.
To make a PRP injection, a blood sample is collected from the patient. Then, the collected blood sample is placed in a centrifuge device that rotates rapidly to separate other components of blood from platelets and the plasma.
How is PRP Injected?
Once the platelets and plasma are separated from other components of the blood, the PRP is injected into the target area. In some cases, the doctor may use ultrasound guidance to ensure it is injected at the target site.
Once PRP is injected, growth factors in the platelets accelerate the healing process by regenerating the cells. PRP injections also help for the faster healing process.
What Ailments Can Be Treated with PRP Injections?
PRP injections can be used to treat a wide range of conditions ranging from injuries to cosmetic procedures. PRP injections are effective at treating the following:
- Meniscus tears
- Elbow injuries
- Hip injuries
- Spine injuries
- Torn rotator cuff
- Hair loss
- An anterior cruciate ligament (ACT) tear
- Ankle sprain
- Joint pain
- Ligament and tendon damage
How Long Does It Take for the PRP to Work?
Each case and each patient are different. Hence, it is difficult to tell how soon the PRP injections will work. In general, it takes around weeks or months to notice the results. How soon the PRP injections work is based on the individual and the area to be treated. For example, if PRP injections are used for joint pain, you can see improvement within 2 to 3 weeks of the PRP injection.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from PRP Injections?
PRP injections are minimally invasive and the recovery time is also shorter. Once you have a PPR injection, you can immediately go back to home. It takes only one to two hours to recover. Your body starts healing immediately after the PRP injection.
Advantages of PRP Injections
PRP injections offer the following benefits:
- Safe and effective
- Eliminates the need for surgery
- It is minimally invasive
- The recovery is faster
- The healing process becomes faster
- No risk of infections or allergic reactions
Want to Know More About PRP Injections? Meet Dr Pradyumna Reddy Today
If you are willing to know more about PRP injections and their effectiveness, meet Dr Pradyumna Reddy today. He has helped several patients suffering from different ailments using PRP injections. He first analyses your condition and considers all required factors to know if PRP is effective and suitable for you. He follows a patient-centric approach and strives to provide the best possible treatment for you. To know if PRP is effective for you, talk to Dr Pradyumna Reddy today. He is always ready and happy to help you.