There are a lot of misconceptions about PRP. Many people still lack facts about PRP as well as what it can do. But as a matter of fact, Platelet Rich Plasma injections have been used in the treatment of many orthopedic conditions.
Common questions on PRP include the following:
- How effective is PRP?
- Which method is used to administer PRP injections?
- After receiving the PRP injection, how long does it take to recover?
There are several findings from various scientific researchers on time taken to recover after undergoing the PRP treatment. This post will check on these results as well as from the actual recovery period taken by the several patients who have received this treatment on the ground.
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a substance that is thought to promote the healing process when injected. The idea behind it is that when injected into the damaged tissues, it stimulates new cells to develop in the body. It also encourages production of healthy cells and promotes healing. Researchers think that the body tissues may heal faster because the factors that enhance tissue growth are concentrated in the prepared growth injections.
PRP is becoming one of the alternative medications for many orthopedic injuries and conditions.
The PRP injections are usually administered in an office procedure which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Since it involves you getting back your blood, the risks associated with it are not so many. No more medication is given after the administration of the injection.
How effective is PRP?
Osteosteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, and hip are some of the conditions that can be treated using PRP therapy.
Currently, it is majorly used in the treatment of injuries associated with sporting activities. Some of these injuries include the following:
Rotator cuff injuries, chronic plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, meniscus tears, elbow ulnar collateral ligament injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, ligament sprains and knee ligament injuries.
Procedure for the administration of PRP
The therapy begins by drawing blood from the patient. The amount of blood drawn depends on where the PRP is to be injected.
A centrifuge is used to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the blood components.
The concentrated platelets are then injected where there is the injury to lessen the pain. For accuracy, doctors use ultrasound guidance.
How long does it take to recover after receiving the treatment and what should one expect?
Approximately 2 to 3 days following the administration of the injection, you will experience some pain. Prescribed medication for pain relief is given. As the days continue, the intensity of the pain lessens.
After receiving the treatment, it is vital for the patient to have some rest for a week or so as not to push the tissue injected too quick. The improvement will be gradual for a period an approximate period of 3 to six months.
The period for recovering depends on the type of injury that is being treated.
A patient with a tendonitis may take longer to recover from the PRP injection compared to another patient suffering from arthritic joints.
According to some research studies, it is clear that the therapy is effective for pain relief.
Talk to your doctor concerning the number of times to get the PRP therapy. Though, after the first or second injection, a considerable amount of people have been reported to get complete relief.
Between PRP and Cortisone, which is effective?
When administered successfully, PRP treatment typically gives relief that lasts for long as the regenerative tissues start growing immediately after getting the injection. The effectiveness of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy depends on:
- Nature of the injury; whether it is acute or chronic. Severe damage could be as a result of falling. The persistent injury could be that injury which has taken an extended period to heal.
- Part of the body to receive treatment
- The general well being of the patient.
The bioactive proteins stimulate healing and repair of the tissue. According to some studies conducted recently, it shows that Platelet Rich Plasma is better than cortisone injections.
A cortisone shot is a type of steroid which lowers inflammation resulting in less pain. The injection only protects the inflammation but does not result in the healing of the damaged tissues.
The injection does not result in healing; it is only effective for a short period and occasionally may result in damaging of tissues among many other side effects.
PRP is very effective on the other hand. If done by qualified personnel, it relieves pain without the dangers associated with the general anesthesia, hospitalization, and surgery.
One does not take an extended period to recover as you may go back to your routine work as soon as the procedure is over.
PRP therapy shows promising results. Although PRP seems to be effective in the management of some of the chronic injuries as a result of sports, more scientific evidence is needed to help clear the misconceptions out there.
The research will help in determining the effectiveness of the therapy in dealing with these conditions.
Finally, since it concerns your health, it is always advisable to discuss with your doctor before going for Platelet Rich Plasma therapy.