Platelet rich plasma therapy or PRP uses the patient’s blood to stimulate the natural healing response of the body. When your body is injured, white blood cells and platelets will be sent to this area to begin the healing process. Platelets contain stem cell fragments that were produced in the bone marrow and have factors that can stimulate tissue growth. Stem cells are used to activate DNA to regenerate more tissue and repair cells. PRP injections harvest the body’s
platelets and inject them into an area which is injured to simulate this natural response.
Is this Therapy Safe?
PRP therapy in Orange County has been used during surgery for decades as a way to jump start the healing process in individuals that had just undergone incisions. Clinical research has indicated that there is a very minimal risk for those that undergo this therapy.
Because the platelets injected into the patient have been harvested from your blood there is very little risk that you will develop a reaction to this injection or suffer from an infection. There is actually research that indicates the anti-bacterial properties in the platelets could help prevent an infection.
How the Treatment Works
As treatment begins blood will be drawn from the patient and placed in a centrifuge. This will spin the blood to isolate the platelets and white blood cells from the rest of the solution. Spinning helps to concentrate the platelets, making them seven times more concentrated than what they were in the original sample.
The concentrated platelets are placed in a sterilized syringe and injected into any tissues that require PRP treatment. Injecting these cells are believed to increase the healing effects of the body so this reaction is quicker and more effective.
Those that have undergone PRP injection therapy may need additional treatments for optimal effectivness. One to three injections are usually recommended based on the severity of the condition being treated and whether or not the body is reacting well to the procedure.
What to Expect
Patients are usually sore around the area where the injection was placed. This may occur for a few days after the injection was administered. This pain is a sign that the body has started the healing process on these tissues. The pain should gradually decrease over the course of a few days as the healing becomes more effective.
Those that have undergone this therapy are encouraged to participate in light exercise and take on as many normal physical activities as possible after PRP injections have been administered. However, patients should not take on any high impact exercise routines, heavy lifting or similar activities for a few days after this therapy.
Your stem cell doctor will let you know when it is safe to return to this level of activity and what treatment options can be used to alleviate any discomfort in the meantime.
TeleHealth is a stem cell clinic in Southern California treating patients with regenerative medicine injections including platelet rich plasma, bone marrow derived stem cell injections and fat derived stem cell injections. The treatments are usually covered by insurance, and all are performed as an outpatient.
For more information and scheduling with the premier stem cell therapy clinic on the West Coast, call (888) 828-4575 today!