Five things to know about PRP Treatment

Five things to know about PRP Treatment also known as Platelet Rich Plasma therapy.

1. PRP means Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelets are cells in the blood which are normally present in the body, which is platelet-rich plasma. The blood is separated into plasma and then concentrated platelets are separated.

2. It’s done by drawing the patient’s blood, separating the plasma, and then concentrating the platelets.

Platelets contain a huge number of growth factors. Each platelet contains more than 1000 growth and anti-inflammatory factors, which is why concentrating the platelets in plasma is very powerful.

3. It should be done by a trained and experienced regenerative medicine specialist.

Making PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is a highly, technically advanced therapy and should be done by an experienced regenerative medicine specialist to have its full benefit. Most of the time, if the clinician is not experienced or trained enough, the PRP or platelet-rich plasma that is claimed to be given is not platelet-rich and is, many times, platelet-poor, and that is the reason why results are not achieved.

4. Depending on the joint and pathology, patients may require multiple PRP sessions.

So most of the time, bigger joints like the hip or knee, require multiple PRP sessions, generally, 3 sessions spaced over 3 weeks. That is a one-week gap between the 2 sessions to achieve optimum results. This is concluded after studying multiple types of research conducted all over the world.

5. Patients may require a PRP booster session after a few years.

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma therapy, does stop the degeneration of the joint or cartilage. But whether it reverses the degeneration back to regeneration is still being debated. Many times, after a few years, say between 2 to 5 years, the symptoms of patients can return and just need a booster PRP session to be done again.

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