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What are PRP Injections?

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What are PRP Injections?

Introduction

A PRP injection stands for ‘platelet-rich plasma injection.’ As clear from the name itself, it involves the usage of plasma present in human blood. In simple terms, a PRP injection contains plasma which is highly rich in platelets. Platelets are the “healing agents” present in our body. Do you remember how a small cut on your leg heals on its own after some days? How does that happen? It is because of platelets present in our blood that perform the healing process. And this is what platelet-rich plasma therapy uses. 

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Uses Patient’s Own Blood

Yes, you read it correctly!

The plasma present in PRP injections is from the patient’s blood itself. That’s why it is a safe procedure. As this is not related to any other person’s blood or harmful chemicals in syringes, it is natural. 

The Process of Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy

Now, you might be wondering what exactly happens during PRP therapy. Let’s understand it bit by bit.

  • First of all, a small amount of the patient’s blood is taken. 

Generally, it’s somewhere around 30-60 mm, but it may vary depending on the severity of the condition.

  • Then, the blood is centrifuged in a machine that separates different components of it. And from there, the plasma comes out.
  • In the end, this plasma (rich in platelets) is used for PRP therapy.

What PRP Injections Are Exactly For?

As this centrifuged plasma has a higher quantity of platelets (the healing agents of the body) than normal blood, a platelet-rich plasma injection can be used for many issues. Some of them are listed below:

  • PRP injections for Back Pain
  • PRP injections for Shoulder Pain
  • PRP injections for Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Hip Pain & Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders
  • Chronic Wounds & Ulcers
  • Wound Healing in Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dentistry

Not only these but there are also endless benefits of platelet-rich plasma.

If you need PRP injections in “The Villages”, consult Legacy Clinic today!

Are PRP Injections A Wise Alternative To Surgeries?

This question has no perfect answer actually as it all depends on a lot of factors. For example: if you have chronic problems that can’t be treated with PRP, of course, you will have to go for surgery. But in terms of healing time, PRP is ahead of traditional surgeries. As medical operations require time, effort, a lot of money, and long recovery times, they might not be a wise option for many. In contrast, platelet-rich plasma therapy offers shorter recovery periods.

For example: if a patient is taking 2-3 years to recover after a back surgery, PRP can do it in 6-7 months.

But how long should you rest after PRP injection again depends on several factors. Hence, we recommend being under proper chiropractic care even post-therapy.

Chiropractic Care in The Villages

Keep in mind that while going for platelet-rich plasma injections in “The Villages” or anywhere else, you require proper chiropractic care for the therapy. Hence, consult an expert before!!

Legacy Clinic is the best chiropractic treatment provider of PRP injections in “The Villages.”

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