We all know how debilitating back and spinal conditions can be. Thankfully, doctors are discovering new and exciting treatment options that may be right for you. Indeed, especially if your pain has been unresponsive to other forms of treatment. Below, we will learn more about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment and how it might be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Our blood is made up primarily of liquid (plasma) and solids (blood cells). Platelets are one of the three main solid components of blood (with red and white blood cells completing the picture).
Along with their role in blood clotting, platelets are also rich in proteins called “growth factors”, which are very important in the healing of injuries, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
PRP is, simply put, plasma that has a high platelets concentration. Thus, to obtain it, blood is first extracted from the patient, with the platelets isolated in a process called centrifugation.
Once the platelets are isolated, they are mixed with regular blood and carefully injected. There, a higher concentration of growth factors helps the body accelerate its natural healing process.
The exact mechanism of how PRP works is unclear, but laboratory studies show that PRP appears to be most effective with chronic injuries (those developing over time). A study published by The American Journal of Sports Medicine, for example, reported that PRP was more effective than a saline solution in treating knee osteoarthritis.
Other clinical studies have shown positive therapeutic benefits in a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
It is considered a natural, non-synthetic treatment because PRP uses your own blood. Most patients experience few side effects to the treatment, with some reporting mild dizziness or lightheadedness. Also, there is no downtime or recovery time necessary.
PRP Treatment carries very little risk. Indeed, the occurrence of infection, nerve injuries, or tissue damage appears to be no more prevalent than that of cortisone injections.
If you are suffering from a nagging orthopedic or spinal injury that has been unresponsive to other forms of treatment, you may want to consider consulting the experts to see if PRP is appropriate for you.
In Broward County and Northern Miami Dade, the team at The South Florida Spine & Sports Specialists is ready to more precisely diagnose your condition. In fact, we offer a range of treatment options, including platelet rich plasma services for orthopedic and spinal injuries. You can contact us today schedule your appointment!