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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy – How PRP Injections Treat Pain

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What is platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, is a natural product derived from one’s own blood. It contains almost 10 different agents that help our bodies respond to injury and promote repair, including:

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  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor: Regulates cell growth and division
  • Transforming growth factor beta: Controls proliferation and differentiation
  • Fibroblast growth factor: Promotes wound healing
  • Insulin-like growth factor 1: Promotes cellular growth in Adults
  • Insulin-like growth factor 2: Promotes cellular growth in Young
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor: Develops new blood vessels
  • Epidermal growth factor: Promotes cell growth
  • Interleukin 8: Mediates Immune system response
  • Keratinocyte growth factor: Promotes wound healing
  • Connective tissue growth factor: Promotes wound healing

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How is platelet-rich plasma created?

Platelet-rich plasma is created by removing the red and white cells from a blood sample, which leaves behind a plasma solution concentrated in platelets. Typically, about 50 to 80cc blood is drawn from a patient’s body, and the sample is the processed right then and there to create PRP. This can then be injected back into the patient, directly into the area of injury or disease

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What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a medical treatment that uses PRP created from your own blood, to help relieve pain and promote healing in injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.

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What conditions and injuries can benefit from PRP injections?

PRP holds great promise, especially in areas where modern drugs have failed us. Its main application is in healing arthritis, tendonitis and sports injuries. In fact, several popular professional athletes have had this treatment to help them recover faster from their injuries. Platelet-rich plasma is not a PED or performance enhancing drug. In fact, it is derived from one’s own cells, and, therefore, is about as natural a product one can get. Because PRP comes from our own bodies (which means it’s not a foreign substance), there is very little, if any, risk involved. PRP’s clinical applications continue to grow by the day. It can be used to help treat:

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Platelet rich plasma therapy vs. stem cell therapy

PRP also works as a powerful complementary treatment during regenerative cell therapy, as it helps the cells to flourish while reducing inflammation. In many ways, PRP acts like a perfect fertilizer to the seeds of stem cells injected into the body.

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Platelet rich plasma injections vs. cortisone injections

Though powerful anti-inflammatory agents, steroids have been shown to weaken the very tissue they are injected into. Steroids cause damage at a cellular level and, with multiple injections, even lose their efficacy. PRP, on the other hand, causes no such collateral damage.

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Ultrasound and or Xray guidance strongly recommended

Precise injection at the site of injury or joint damage is critically important for the effectiveness of both PRP and regenerative cell treatments. This is not a procedure that should be practiced when the proper skillset or equipment is lacking.

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All PRP is not the same

There are several ways one can prepare PRP, but the concentration of platelets in each PRP sample may not be the same. For example, if there is not a sufficient number of platelets in the prepared PRP sample, then obviously one may not see all the benefits. Here at PreciseCare, we apply rigorous standards to our PRP and cell preparation protocol. We also validate platelet concentrations to ensure optimal benefits for our patients.

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Frequently asked questions about platelet rich plasma

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What is platelet-poor plasma?

Platelet-poor plasma, unlike platelet-rich plasma, has a very low number of platelets. Typically it has less than 10,000 platelets per microliter.

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What does PRP stand for in medical terms?

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma and is used to describe a blood sample that has a very high concentration of platelets.

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What are the risks of platelet-rich plasma?

There are very few risks associated with platelet-rich plasma. Why? Because PRP is derived from one’s own body, you are not injecting a foreign substance, thereby eliminating the risk of rejection or allergic reaction. There is a very small risk of infection, just as there is with any medical procedure using a needle. However, provided there is proper care for the medical equipment and environment, this risk is minimal. Here at PreciseCare, we prescribe a short course of antibiotics during the treatment to reduce this risk.

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What are the side effects of platelet-rich plasma injections?

There are no known side effects. PRP is the most natural substance your body can get.

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What are the benefits of platelet-rich plasma therapy?

The benefits of platelet-rich plasma therapy include:

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  • It is a natural therapy. Everything required for this treatment comes from your own body. Because PRP therapy makes use of injections, and no surgery is required, there is no scarring.
  • It is very safe. Getting a blood transfusion from another individual is riskier than platelet-rich plasma therapy. Why? PRP therapy makes use of cells from your own body, rather than those from another individual.
  • There is minimal downtime. The recovery process from PRP therapy is very quick and usually does not involve any restrictions on your activity.

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Do platelet-rich plasma injections hurt?

PRP injections do not hurt any more than any other injection. However, the skillset of the physician can play a role in any discomfort you may experience during the injection process.

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What is the recovery like after a platelet-rich plasma injection?

There are no restrictions to your daily routine following PRP injections.

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Can I exercise after platelet-rich plasma therapy?

Yes, you can exercise after PRP therapy.

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How long does platelet-rich plasma last?

This varies greatly on the nature of your health problem, as well as the method of PRP preparation. We recommend speaking to a doctor to get a better understanding on how PRP may be able to help you.

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What kind of research has been done on platelet-rich plasma therapy?

Several peer-reviewed research and clinical articles have documented both the safety and effectiveness of PRP. We have collected and summarized a number of these articles, which you can find here.

Learn more at www.PreciseCare.com. Or call 949-387-9991 to request additional information.

If you’ve been injured and you want to investigate all your treatment and recovery options, schedule an initial 1:1 evaluation with Dr. Goswami.

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