Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a rather new technique for accelerating the healing process after an injury has occurred. Damage to ligaments, tendons, and other tissues can cause pain in the joints that continues long after the injury was suffered. Since blood platelets contain special growth factors including proteins, concentrating the platelets in a small amount of plasma and injecting it into the affected area has been shown to relieve pain through the process of the rapid production of healthy replacement tissue.
How PRP Works
Blood plasma contains red cells, white cells, and platelets. The platelets aid in clotting because they form a mesh when exposed to oxygen. This is why a small cut or scrape closes quickly. The clot becomes dark red in color, dries quickly, and helps seal the wound. The job isn’t finished there, however. When nutrients are sent to the injury site, the platelets aid in the first-stage tissue regrowth process. This is why cuts and scrapes heal so quickly.
When concentrated in a small amount of plasma, blood platelets act as a signaling agent. The body will respond as if an injury has occurred. When injected into an area where joint pain due to strained tissues is experienced, the platelets act as a first-response healing mechanism.
How We Administer PRP Treatments
We will first consult with the client. We want to know if the joint pain is chronic and if it is being caused by weakened tendons, strained ligaments, or a more serious condition such as arthritis. If we decide that PRP can help, we can move forward with planning a customized treatment.
During the actual treatment, we will draw a small amount of blood from the patient, spin it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelets from the red cells, and further concentrate the platelet count. We then inject the PRP mix into the preselected area.
What PRP Therapy Treats
The most common types of joint pain are tennis elbow and other chronic tendon injuries, acute ligament damage, and knee arthritis. These can all be addressed with this treatment. Pain in the heel joint area, usually caused by excessive pressure on the heel cord, can also be treated with PRP injections.
Find Out More About PRP
If you live in the Boston or surrounding area and you’re suffering from joint pain, schedule a consultation at Medical Aesthetics of New England to learn more about PRP. This is a relatively simple, non-surgical procedure that can help with the production of healthy replacement tissue in the joints and elsewhere. Contact us today to book an initial appointment at our office in Acton or Fitchburg!