Platelet Rich Plasma – Get Your Life Flowing Again
Blood. It’s our lifeline. Now, more than ever, blood is being used for even more purposes than to just keep us alive. It is helping scores of people heal and become pain free.
The Concept of Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
There are three main parts of blood – white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Each of the three takes care of a very important role within the body. White blood cells are an important part of the body’s immune system, while red blood cells serve to carry oxygen. Platelets are the multi-taskers, filling a variety of jobs.
Platelets clot the blood after an injury. Platelets also carry around chemicals called “growth factors” which send signals to the body to begin the healing process. These chemicals also alert the body to remodel, grow, and to heal itself.
Amazingly, through exhaustive research and state-of- the-art medical technology, these platelets have been harnessed to help individuals heal. By concentrating and isolating a person’s platelets and injecting them into the affected site, injuries and degenerative conditions are being successfully treated.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN PLATELET RICH PLASMA INJECTIONS TREAT?
Individuals with arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries and many degenerative issues are prime candidates for platelet rich plasma injection treatments.
THE TREATMENT PROCESS
The platelet-rich plasma injection treatment process is generally very simple. It is tolerated well by most patients. First, blood is drawn in the same manner as most other laboratory blood tests. The platelet rich plasma is separated by the use of a centrifuge, which is a special machine designed specifically for this purpose. The centrifuge multiplies the concentration of the platelets by three to ten times what they would normally be. The remaining components of the blood including red blood cells are removed.
The concentration process only takes about 10-25 minutes total. The platelet-rich plasma containing platelets and growth factors for healing and regeneneration that have been concentrated are then injected into the site that is affected and in need of healing. The injection itself takes just a few minutes, depending upon the site and the condition.
If you are ready to see what platelet-rich plasma injection therapy can do for you, call now to schedule your consultation.