Precautions to Take Before a PRP Injection

Since your blood will be required for the platelets to be retrieved for the PRP injection, taking precautions before the treatment is vital. Some of the precautions include halting in-take of blood thinners, arthritis, and steroid medication days or possibly weeks before the treatment. Patients are also required to take plenty of fluids the day before the procedure. Patients who experience anxiety may require anti-anxiety medication before the procedure.

Discussing your condition with the doctor early enough will ensure you are physically and emotionally prepared for the PRP procedure. Visit Providence’s Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Therapy here for more information.

In this article, Chuck Dinerstein discusses why it is important for doctors to look at the effectiveness of the treatment, despite its profitability.

Why PRP Treatment is Increasingly Becoming Popular

Ah, the mighty platelet. Once a neglected blood component, today it is the basis of an entirely new medical “specialty,” regenerative medicine, although market might be a better word choice.

The use of blood products in roles other than transfusion began almost a half-century ago when fibrinogen was used as a type of glue, to put tissue together. Platelets, neither a cell, like the red or white blood cell, nor a metabolite, like fibrinogen, is a cell fragment (no nucleus). It is deeply involved in tissue repair, helping to form clots to fix a leaky blood vessel and containing a number of growth factors that signal and stimulate cell proliferation and… Read more here

In 2009, PRP therapy was a $45 million market. By 2016, the value of this treatment had quadrupled, with growth estimates being about 13% annually. This shows that many doctors and patients are opting for this form of therapy. It is vital that the focus on the PRP treatment remains on its viability, over its profitability. Many doctors opt for this treatment because they consider it useful, and the patient is not at risk of an allergic reaction because the platelets used are from the patient’s blood.

The following article on emoryhealthcare.org, the writer, discusses injuries that can benefit from PRP treatment, the process and the steps taken during recovery.

Recovery Process after the PRP Treatment

Athletes who endure chronic pain from tendon injuries can finally get relief from a safe, non-surgical procedure. It’s called Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, and it utilizes platelets from the athletes’ own blood to rebuild a damaged tendon. It has been successful in not only relieving the pain, but also in jumpstarting the healing process.

Tendons are the rope-like structures that connect muscle to bone, enabling the bone to move. When a tendon is first injured, it can become inflamed, swollen and painful. This injury is often experienced by athletes in tennis, baseball, football, and any other sport that requires repetitive throwing motions. Read more here

Many sportsmen and women are concerned about the period they expect to be out of the game before they are completely healed. This is one of the questions many people ask when faced with multiple choices when it comes to the treatment of an injury. Once a patient undergoes the PRP treatment, the period of rest could be anywhere between six and twelve weeks. After six weeks, depending on the extent of the injury, the patient may begin physical therapy. Twelve weeks after the treatment, the patient is evaluated for signs of improvement. Patients with extensive injuries may require more than one treatment if the desired outcome is to be achieved.

An article on sciencedaily.com from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, focuses on conditions that benefit from PRP treatment, and those that do not improve despite the use of this treatment.

What Causes Failure in Some PRP Treatments?

The use of platelet-rich plasma therapy can reduce the risk of a second meniscus failure after operation but does not seem to protect patients who have had surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament, according to research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy involves the extraction of blood from the patient, which is then centrifuged to obtain a concentrated suspension of platelets. It then undergoes a two-stage centrifugation process to separate the solid and liquid components of the anticoagulated blood. Read more here

The PRP injection is still undergoing tests as researchers try to determine why this treatment works exceptionally well in some cases and fails in some. Is it a problem with preparation, or is the therapy affected by the tissue reconstruction process? Is the treatment more viable in some parts of the body and a failure in other areas? For now, doctors are using this treatment on conditions that have been proven to improve after the PRP injection.