So ultimately, the lingering question is does platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment work? - findings say yes. Clinical evidence says yes. The this is why PRP treatment is becoming so popular with and sports medicine and orthopaedics.
Clinical data and evidence has been able to identify not only improvements in osteoarthritis but also improvements in muscle tears, one being the rotator cuff (shoulder), which is unfortunately extremely common. MRI before and after has shown structural change and a decrease in the size of tears.
What is PRP treatment?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Treatment is an emerging therapeutic procedure used in medicine and rehabilitation for the treatment of both acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. PRP treatment is now growing in popularity, not only due to its effects on progress, but due to the fact that it is also completely natural. It involves collecting a small sample of blood from the patient's arm, separating the platelets via centrifuge and injecting it back into the patient's injured tissue area to facilitate the body's natural healing response. We all know and understand that blood is the transportation system whereby the body naturally heals itself from injury and dysfunction. Another thing we also understand and appreciate that damage tissue, which is chronic, It’s often this way due to poor bloodflow and therefore reduced healing. This is the exact basis for PRP therapy. Everybody wants their own body to heal without the use of drugs.
What are platelets?
Platelets are cells that clot blood and contain over 300 active protein growth factors. In tissues that are aging and do not repair and regenerate well, these growth factors are used to help and improve healing by creating an environment for healing and regeneration of tissue.
Now researchers have described structural change in the healing process as well as improvement in the patients' pain and function. These results have come about following MRI findings, before and after the PRP injections. Improvements in tissue 6 months following PRP treatment in patients. The healing in the tissues have also corresponded with reported improvements of the pain and function.
Many patients are now reporting healing from PRP treatment making all the difference in their lives. If Physio is only helping for a short period but then it returns, PRP treatment might be perfect for you. Here at Dynamic Regenerative Medicine we regularly get asked the question – PRP treatment or cortisone injections? Yes, we do both treatments and both have their place, however, we do not promote or endorse the use of steroid injections, PRP everyday! PRP therapy is now becoming more widespread and more research in coming in its effectiveness in larger, long term controlled clinical trials.
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