The Power of Platelets
- Posted on: Jul 15 2020
Everyone knows that platelets are critical to wound healing. Platelets are the part of the blood that clumps together to form a blood clot to stop a wound from bleeding. But what people don’t know is that platelets also play a key role in healing that wound and rebuilding the new tissue.
So, what if you could make a serum of concentrated blood platelets and put them to work helping repair an orthopedic injury?
You can with platelet-rich plasma injections at Urgent Orthopedic Specialists.
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is the essence of the blood and contains fundamental protein growth factors. Professional athletes have been using PRP for years to speed healing of joints, tendons, and muscle tissue in professional athletes, either after injury or surgery. In the aesthetic world, PRP has begun to be used in the face to help initiate the production of collagen to tighten and firm the skin and increase blood supply to the area.
Where is PRP used for orthopedics?
At Urgent Orthopedic Specialists, we use PRP to treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions:
- Joint pain
- Ligament sprains or tears
- Nerve inflammation
- Postsurgical healing from tendon or ligament repair
How is PRP therapy done?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy begins with the collection of the patient’s blood, usually the same amount taken for standard lab tests. The blood sample is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, white blood cells, and plasma from the red blood cells. Platelets function as a natural reservoir for growth factors that are essential for repairing and rebuilding injured tissue. This “platelet-rich plasma” now has four to five times the normal number of platelets. The PRP is now injected into the area needing attention, say an injured shoulder or an inflamed nerve in cubital tunnel syndrome (the ulnar nerve at the elbow).
The entire PRP process start to finish only needs around 15 minutes and is relatively painless.
Is there recovery?
Since the PRP originates with your own blood, there is no danger of your body reacting negatively to it. Dr. Floyd and our team usually recommend 1-3 treatments spaced out 4-6 weeks for the best overall results.
Want to enlist your own platelets to get you back on the road to recovery? Put PRP on the job. Call us at (432) 520-3020 to make an appointment.
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