What are the purposes of PRP injections?
Research has shown that injecting PRP into damaged tissues will stimulate your body to grow healthy new cells and promote faster healing. Many famous athletes like Tiger Wood and tennis star Rachael Nadal have been reported to use PRP injections to help heal injuries.
Tendons are tough, thick bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone. They are usually slow to heal after injury. Doctors have used PRP injections to treat chronic tendon problems, such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis at the ankle, and jumper’s knee, or pain in the patellar tendon in the knee.
Doctors have injected PRP into the knees of people with osteoarthritis. A 2015 study found that PRP injections were more effective than hyaluronic acid injections (a traditional therapy) for treating osteoarthritis. However, the trial was a small group of 160 people, so larger trials are needed for this to be conclusive.
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Sometimes doctors use PRP injections after surgery to repair a torn tendon (such as a rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder) or ligaments (such as the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL).
Doctors have used PRP injections to treat acute sports injuries, such as pulled hamstring muscles or knee sprains. Call Now for Consultation
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PRP injection process
Here’s what to expect from a typical PRP injection process:
A healthcare professional will draw a sample of your blood. The amount of the sample depends on where the PRP will be injected. For example, the amount of blood taken for injection into the scalp for one study was 20 milliliters. This is slightly larger than one teaspoon.
The blood is placed into a centrifuge. This is a machine that spins around very quickly, causing the blood components to separate. The separation process takes about 15 minutes.
A technologist takes the separated plasma and prepares it for injection into the affected area.
Doctors will often use imaging, such as ultrasound, to pinpoint specific areas for injection, such as the tendon. Your doctor will then inject the PRP into the affected area.
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