How PRP Injections Promote Post-Surgical Healing

PRP injections promote healing from a wide range of sports and joint injuries.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been in the news recently, with sports stars using treatments to speed recovery from injuries and celebrities combining it with cosmetic procedures to maintain their beauty. PRP therapy is a low-risk treatment that uses a surprising component to work its magic — your own blood.

As well as using PRP therapy for cosmetics and sports injuries, doctors are using it to help patients heal faster after surgical procedures. This could shave days or weeks off your recovery time after surgery. The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Toms River, New Jersey, specializes in using PRP therapy. If you’re facing surgery, read on to see if PRP therapy can help you.

What is PRP therapy?

Platelets are the blood component best known for their ability to clot blood at the site of cuts and scrapes. These components of your blood plasma have other responsibilities, too. They carry a range of proteins and hormones called human growth factors. These proteins and hormones aid in your body’s ability to heal and generate new tissues.

PRP therapy is fairly simple. First, your health specialist takes a small amount of your own blood — about the same amount as you’d have taken for a blood chemistry test. Then this sample is placed in a centrifuge, where the PRP plasma is separated from the other components of your blood. The plasma will contain up to 10 times the number of platelets as would be in a similar sample of your blood. This plasma is then injected into your injured tissue to aid in your body’s natural repair efforts.

How does PRP therapy speed healing?

The precise way PRP therapy works isn’t fully known, but it’s believed that this additional concentration of human growth factors acts as a boost of natural resources for your body’s repair systems. For instance, your body uses its own stem cells for healing. Stem cells can become any cells your body needs. Your human growth factors help tell stem cells what cells they should become during healing.

The theory behind PRP therapy is that more growth factors will lead to faster healing. In essence, your body still heals in a natural way, but with these extra resources injected at the site of a surgical incision, your healing systems don’t need to wait for sufficient resources to be delivered through your normal circulation process.

Is PRP therapy safe?

Since PRP therapy requires only needles to draw your blood and inject the concentrated solution, there’s little risk. The procedure is as simple as receiving an immunization or getting blood work done. The blood is your own, so there’s no risk of rejection. In fact, the safety of PRP therapy is one of the reasons for its popularity.

If you’re looking for faster recovery after surgery, see if PRP therapy can help you. Book an appointment online or over the phone with The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to learn more.

 

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