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PRP therapy: The ultimate solution to aging & joint disorders

Author: Jonathan Pham
Review Date: 03/01/2020 | Last Modified: 03/01/2020
PRP therapy: The ultimate solution to aging & joint disorders

PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) therapy is an advanced, safe, non-invasive treatment that utilizes the healing properties of platelets from the blood to promote recovery and reduce pain. For years, PRP therapy has been widely used in the treatment of trauma to tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, and skin, as well as for beauty purposes.

Learn the basics of PRP therapy

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Our blood consists of the following main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Plasma is the fluid part of the blood, which is mainly composed of water and protein. The role of plasma is to provide the environment for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate in the body.

Platelets are blood cells that promote blood clotting to prevent excessive blood loss when you are injured. In addition, they also contain proteins that speed up the healing of wounds.

Platelets play an extremely important role in our body. In addition to controlling bleeding, these cells also secrete more than 1500 growth factors and proteins to promote wound healing and tissue repair. Based on this characteristic, platelets have become an essential component of PRP therapy, with the aim of healing chronic wounds and reducing pain. Researchers believe that by injecting high concentrations of platelets into areas of inflammation or tissue damage, they can significantly accelerate the patient’s healing process.

PRP therapy

What is PRP therapy?

PRP therapy (Platelet Rich Plasma) involves injections of highly concentrated autologous platelets from a patient’s body to speed up the healing of damaged tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. In this way, PRP therapy utilizes the patient’s own self-healing mechanism to treat musculoskeletal problems.

PRP therapy is performed by isolating and concentrating platelets in your blood. After that, they are injected into the damaged area to activate the natural healing process, reduce inflammation and pain. Because platelets are injected into the body in high concentrations, the recovery speed is significantly enhanced.

The popularity of PRP therapy stems from the fact that many famous athletes have been performing this treatment to recover from an injury. Some of them include golfer Tiger Woods, baseball player Takashi Saito, footballer Ward Hines Ward, and Troy Polamalu. In addition to treating trauma, PRP therapy is also used for other purposes, including growing hair and healing soft tissues.

PRP therapy uses

What is PRP therapy used for?

Below are some potential uses of PRP therapy:

  • Increasing hair growth. Treating hair loss with PRP therapy is an effective method. In this procedure, platelet-rich plasma is injected into the scalp to reduce inflammation, thereby preventing hair loss.
  • Healing tissue damage. PRP therapy was first used to heal wounds in tendons, ligaments and muscles after jaw and plastic surgery. Because of how slow it is for ligaments to heal, platelet-rich plasma injections become the ideal choice for those with injuries in this tissue group.
  • Reducing inflammation. PRP therapy can help reduce inflammation caused by osteoarthritis.

In 2013, a study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that PRP injections could reduce knee pain in comparison to saline injections. In 2014, researchers conducted a 3-stage PRP therapy on 28 athletes. Results showed that PRP injections helped reduce symptoms in people with chronic knee injuries.

According to the Stem cells Translational Medicine, a 2015 study involving 20 people treated with PRP noted signs of increasing hair growth compared to those who did not receive the treatment.

Currently, PRP therapy is also used to treat fractures, although no formal studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the treatment in this area.

What diseases can PRP therapy cure?

PRP is injected to support the treatment of tendon tear, tendonitis, muscle trauma, arthritis pain, and joint trauma. The treatment is also commonly used for cosmetic and beauty purposes. For example, dermatologists and hair replacement specialists perform PRP injections to treat hair loss and baldness in both men and women. Some dermatological clinics use PRP therapy for facial treatment. Over time, this method of facial rejuvenation has become a popular choice among women who wish to look younger.

PRP therapy process

How is PRP therapy carried out?

To get started, the doctor will draw your blood into a centrifuge or other specialized device. This process separates platelets from other components of blood. The extracted platelets are then injected into your body. After that, the doctor will clean the treated area and use a local anesthetic to make you feel better.

Based on an ultrasound or fluoroscopic X-ray of the spine, the doctor will inject platelet-rich plasma directly into the affected area. To enhance the analgesic and healing effect, depending on the area and severity of the injury, various additional treatments, including personal physiotherapy, may be required.

Recovery after the treatment is usually very quick. During the first two days, you may experience swelling and discomfort at the injection site, but this feeling will go away quickly. During this time, your doctor will give you instructions on how to safely reduce discomfort.

Source: HSS

Candidates for PRP therapy

PRP therapy is a groundbreaking treatment that helps patients recover mobility and reduce pain caused by osteoarthritis, traumatic injuries, chronic pain, acute sports injuries, and other conditions.

This treatment is a viable option if you suffer from mild to moderate injury. For serious or progressive ones, you may need a more comprehensive treatment in combination with stem cell therapy.

PRP therapy providers

Where can I get PRP treatment?

At GO.CARE, we partner with Asia’s leading regenerative hospitals & clinics. Our partners are mostly based in Bangkok, Thailand, and all of them have had years of experience in treating patients who suffer from various conditions.

In the case of PRP therapy, Bangkok Regenerative Center (BRC) is one of the most notable providers. BRC’s treatment is aimed at activating the patient’s own platelets to enhance tissue healing and regeneration.

Below are some advantages of BRC’s PRP therapy:

  • Biocompatible, versatile and safe.
  • Simple protocol, only 8 minutes for centrifugation and 20 minutes for preparation.
  • Its clinical effect in stimulating tissue healing and regeneration has been documented in numerous international papers.
  • Containing no leukocytes, hence preventing proinflammatory activity.
  • Strong bacteriostatic properties.
  • Therapeutic potential in various clinical applications.

PRP therapy has been used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and has shown positive results in most clinical trials. At BRC, doctors and nurses use minimally invasive methods to treat conditions such as:

  • Arthritis.
  • Pain in the hip, knee, and shoulder.
  • Chronic tendonitis/tendonitis in the elbows, hips or knees, feet, and ankles.
  • Ligament and muscular injuries in athletes.
  • Common sports injuries.
  • Tearing muscles.
  • Pain in the neck and back.
  • Sciatica.
  • Fractures.

In addition, PRP therapy is often used in combination with orthopedic surgery to enhance the healing effect. Some patients receive PRP injections after surgery while undergoing rehabilitation or in the operating room to speed up recovery and reduce inflammation naturally.

PRP therapy at Bangkok Regenerative Center (BRC)

Contact GO.CARE now for a FREE consultation about PRP therapy. We will study your needs and expectations to figure out the most appropriate treatment plan and provider for you.

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