An Overview on PRP Orthopedic Injections
Many active individuals and athletes have heard numerous success stories of platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy helping professional athletes return to the game much quicker. Blood platelet injection therapy was actually developed in the 1970s, but knee specialists and shoulder surgeons such as Dr. Nikhil Verma have only recently turned to this regenerative medicine treatment to aid in the body’s natural healing response following an orthopedic injury. Dr. Verma offers PRP orthopedic injections to appropriately selected patients living in the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois communities who have experienced an injury to a tendon, ligament, muscle or cartilage.
How Blood Platelet Injection Therapy is Performed
Human blood is composed of four main components, including red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. It is clinically proven platelets release healing proteins called growth factors when activated. Growth factors are a naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cellular growth and accelerating the human body’s natural healing response. When these growth factors are injected into an injured area of the body through PRP orthopedic injections, they help promote a natural healing response that can be helpful in reducing the healing time for a variety of orthopedic injuries.
During PRP orthopedic injections, a patient’s blood is taken during a simple venous draw, most commonly from the arm area. The blood sample is then spun down to separate the platelets from other structures. The platelets’ concentration is then increased during a process called centrifugation. The platelet rich plasma is then injected directly into the injured soft tissue to accelerate healing. The growth factors and platelets will activate once they reach the injured area. A local anesthetic is commonly mixed with the platelets to make blood platelet injection therapy more comfortable for the patient.
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