Seattle regenerative medicine doctors are experts in the cutting edge fields of PRP and stem cell therapy for the rejuvenation of the back, knees, and joints of the body using the body’s own cells.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. It is blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are cells in the blood that contain large quantities of healing proteins. These proteins initiate and accelerate new tissue growth within tendons, ligaments, and intervertebral discs to repair damage and relieve symptoms for patients with orthopedic-related chronic pain.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER A PRP INJECTION?
Injecting a patient’s own PRP into damaged tissue is an effective, safe, and minimally invasive treatment option. By enhancing the body’s own natural healing abilities, patients are able to enjoy a faster and more thorough healing process that relieves symptoms, allowing them to return to their regular activities.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A PRP PROCEDURE?
During the PRP procedure, initially, blood is drawn from an IV in your arm. This blood is first separated via centrifugation into the platelets, white blood cells, plasma and red blood cells. The platelets and plasma are then isolated and concentrated via centrifugation. The end product is a plasma with a high concentration of platelets. This solution is loaded into a sterile syringe, ready for injection.
The PRP injection is performed the same day, as part of the same outpatient procedure. The whole process from blood draw to injection typically takes less than an hour to complete, sometimes more depending on the site of injection. During the injection procedure, either ultrasound or fluoroscopy will be utilized to visualize the site of injury and ensure that the solution is injected right at the target site.
HOW DOES PRP DIFFER FROM “TRADITIONAL” STEM CELL THERAPY?
PRP is derived from your blood, not your bone marrow. Therefore, PRP does not contain stem cells, only the growth factors and platelets found in plasma.
IS PRP SAFE?
Yes, PRP has minimal risk because the treatment utilizes your own blood platelets and plasma. This eliminates the risk that the injection will transmit disease or be rejected by your body.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT RELIEF FOLLOWING PRP TREATMENT?
This is somewhat unknown and impossible to predict. PRP itself does not provide immediate relief, rather it sets into motion a repair mechanism that takes time and varies depending on the individual patient and their specific condition.
PRP – An Alternative Treatment Available in Seattle
How alternative treatments, like Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy are getting athletes back into the game
Many athletes struggle with sports injuries and are looking for alternative treatments to get back into the game. They need something that is safe, effective, and speeds up the healing process. Athletes like Tiger Woods, 2019 Masters winner, Kobe Bryant & Steph Curry, both top-rated NBA All-Stars and Alex Rodriguez (AKA A-Rod) from the Yankees have all found an alternative treatment that has revitalized their careers. They, along with other athletes and any person living an active lifestyle can benefit from Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) when it comes to injuries and chronic pain. If you are looking to avoid surgery, additional surgery or to speed up the recovery from a recent surgery, PRP is an option to consider.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)?
If you are like many other people, PRP is not something you are familiar with. The therapy procedure can be described in 3 easy steps. First, blood is taken from the person who is being treated. Next, the blood is put into a device and spun at high speeds. Lastly, the area of the body needing treatment is injected with a concentration of the platelets. The therapy takes under an hour from the time the blood is drawn until the time it is injected.
What is the History of Platelet-Rich Plasma
Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, contains a high concentration of growth factors and platelets. PRP that is used in regenerative medicine is autologous, meaning that it is generated from a person’s own body.
About six percent of normal blood is made up of platelets. On the other hand, PRP contains about 94 percent platelets. These platelets are important in the body because they are able to improve and speed up the healing processes in the body. This is possible because of the many proteins, immune system cells, and other bioactive factors that PRP is composed of.