Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a relatively new treatment gaining popularity due to its ability to treat injuries and chronic health conditions. Dozens of elite athletes are using PRP therapy to treat ailments such as tendonitis and sprained ligaments. People swear by the benefits of PRP and credit it with the reason they can heal so quickly.
But what is platelet-rich plasma and how does it work? Learn about PRP treatment and find out how Union City Oral Surgery can use it to help you.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
As you know, blood is the liquid that flows through our veins and keeps us alive. Blood is broken up into different components: plasma (the fluid), red cells, white cells, and platelets. Each element has a different function in the body.
Platelets are most notable for their blood clotting abilities, but they also contain proteins and growth factors essential for healing injuries. PRP is plasma that contains more platelets than are typically found in the blood.
Platelet-rich plasma is prepared through a process called centrifugation. Once the patient’s blood is drawn, the platelets are put into a machine and separated from the other blood cells. The platelets increase in concentration, thus creating platelet-rich plasma.
How does PRP work?
The growth factor components of PRP can potentially speed up the healing process in the human body. PRP can speed up healing in one of two ways:
- PRP treatment can be injected directly into the area
- PRP can be applied during surgery to help the site heal quickly
PRP is thought to be beneficial in reducing inflammation in the body and can, therefore, heal injury and treat health conditions in a variety of ways.
What Can PRP Treat?
Though results vary depending on the patient and his ailment, PRP is used to treat both chronic and acute conditions. The benefits of PRP for reducing inflammation makes it an appealing option for people who suffer from injuries. Some of the most common applications of PRP involve:
- Torn tissues (tendons, ligaments, muscles)
- Chronic tendon injuries
- Recovery post-surgery
- Hair growth
How Can I Get Started?
If you are looking to start PRP treatment, find a doctor or surgeon in your area that offers this service. Dr. Nancy Herbst of Union City Oral Surgery provides platelet-rich plasma and many other medical and cosmetic surgeries for your benefit.
With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Herbst was named one of New Jersey’s top oral surgeons in 2016. Union City Oral Surgery uses only the latest and greatest in technology and technique, so you can be sure to get the best patient care available. Contact our office at (201) 601-9262 to schedule an appointment today.