Here, Mr Adam Whatley osteopath and specialist in Regenerative Medicine is going to explain the benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) Birmingham, used to treat a wide range of injuries joint problems. You may have heard about therapies like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) being used to treat many different professional athletes like Tiger Woods, Professional tennis players and premier league footballers (practically every sport) to accelerate their healing and recovery. These athletes received PRP therapy after experiencing injuries that can put them out of their game for months. Instead, they’ve experienced faster recovery times thanks to PRP treatments. Regenerative medicine takes advantage of our natural ability to self heal by using healthy regenerative cells found throughout the body. Numerous clinical research studies have shown that it is possible to use platelet rich plasma and adult stem cells to heal and even regenerate lost, damaged or aging tissue, providing some patients with an alternative to surgery, via stimulating the healing mechanisms of damaged tissues. What are platelets? Platelets are specialised cells within our blood that contains natural sources of growth factors, proteins and cytokines that provide clotting and stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissues. Platelet functions: Growth Factors: These growth factors recruit stem cell and provide vital cell repair, including - decreasing inflammation, cell growth and recovery, and act as signals to the bodies immune system. Cytokines: These responsible for the repair processes that naturally occur in the body, accelerate tissue and wound healing. Attracted Stem Cells: By attaching to the injured soft tissue, platelets initiate clot formation to stop bleeding. Additionally, platelets attracting the aid of your body’s stem cells, for further heeling. Platelet rich plasma have Increased concentrations platelets. Typical concentrations of platelets in PRP are 5/6 times thats found in our blood. Therefore, PRP will collectively stimulate repair and regeneration. What conditions are commonly treated by PRP? Joints Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy can be used to treat a range of sports and acute injuries resulting in joint, tendon and ligament injuries/pain. Including some of the following: - Joint pain resulting from injury - Chronic Degenerative Joint Disease - Ligament and muscle injuries - Tendonitis, e.g. tennis / golfer’s elbow - Mild tendon tears For example, tendonitis, such as Achilles tendonitis or patellar tendonitis in the knee, or tennis elbow, are common overuse conditions that tend to be frequently experienced with athletes. Many of these tendons involve microscopic tearing and formation of scar tissue develops following the microtrauma. Due to the poor blood supply of tendons, it is difficult to tendon injuries to heal, as with tissues with a high blood supply like muscles. With PRP treatment, this will enables tendons for example to get enriched nutrients and growth factors to allow tendons to heal naturally. Research evidence and clinical practice has shown PRP therapy for injuries to be very effective, especially in relieving pain and returning patients to their normal activities. Evidence has shown increased tissue repair after PRP treatment via the use of ultrasound and MRI imaging, confirming the healing process. Surgical procedures can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and becomes chronic.
Stem Cells are being used to treat many types of chronic joint issues, however, this is still very much in the early stages. A stem cell is a spceiaised cell with the ability to self-replicate, reduce inflammation, fight apoptosis, and differentiate into multiple tissues. In many cases, the area of injury can be treated with both stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP therapy alone can be effective for many types of sports injuries, and mild to moderate chronic arthritic joint injuries and arthritis. One advantage to PRP treatment is it is affordable and non invasive, unlike stem cell treatment with is invasive and very costly. Regenerative Medicine (Biological Treatment) Or Surgery? Arthroscopic surgery or joint replacements can often require months of rehabilitation to regain strength and mobility, and the patient must be prepared for associated risk factors. Most cases of PRP treatments are successful, and reduce the pain, disability, down time, and risk associated with major surgery. There is also minimal recovery from PRP treatment, which means no time off work. Finally, their have been no reports of serious adverse effects used in these procedures Here, at Dynamic Osteopaths & Regenerative Medicine we strive to provide the safest and most effective treatment and care for our patients, following on with effective post-treatment rehabilitation and advise. Our Ortho-biological Treatments are designed to give our patients access to the most advanced treatment options with proven results in clinical data and evidence. Schedule your appointment today to find out if you may benefit from platelet rich plasma biological treatments. Here at we have clinics offering PRP treatment from Solihull (Henley In Arden), Harborne Birmingham and Barnt Green.
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