Platelet rich plasma merges the latest in medical technology with the body’s natural healing abilities.
Human blood is composed of four main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. For many years, doctors believed that the main function of platelets was for blood clotting. Through medical research the past 20 years, it has been shown that when activated, platelets releasehealing proteins known as growth factors. These growth factors are a naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cellular growth during the body’s healing process.
Physicians around the world are now using PRP injections to treat a number of chronic soft tissue injuries, such as tendonitis, acute ligament injuries, and muscle injuries. Conditions commonly treated with platelet rich plasma include:
To begin treatment,a Pain Recovery Center of Tyler physician will remove a vial of blood, typically 30 milliliters, from the patient. The blood is then spun in a centrifugeto separate itsfour main components. Once the components are separated from each other, the platelet rich plasma is removed.
The plasma is then injected back into the injured area to promote healing, releasing three to five times the growth factors when compared to normal human blood. The body’s response to platelet rich plasma therapy is different for each individual. The majority of patients will require 1-3 sets of PRP injections. Each set of treatments is spaced 4-6 weeks apart
If you would like to learn more about platelet rich plasma, or schedule a consultation for PRP injections in the Tyler, Texas area, please contact the Pain Recovery Center of Tyler office.