Pros & Cons of PRP Injections
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. Blood is taken from an individual and is spun in a centrifuge to concentrate and separate out the platelets and plasma. The sample is then injected back into the patient in the infected area. This method is used to heal the body through its own resources. The blood is injected into an area that is damaged or diseased and the PRP helps to rebuild the tissue. This method is safe and minimally invasive. You can expect at least 1-4 treatments needed to heal the injury.
The pros of PRP is that it is a safe, minimally invasive technique that uses the body’s own resources to heal, rebuild tissue, strengthen weak muscles, improve joint and muscle function and decrease chronic pain. PRP can accelerate the healing process and encourages cell growth. Because PRP is filled with proteins, nutrients and growth factors, it helps damaged tissue to quickly repair. It is an affordable treatment used to treat arthritis, tendonitis, torn muscles and ligaments and usually repairs faster than other treatments.
There aren’t many cons to PRP injections. Some patients may experience more pain or soreness in the area that has been treated. There may be no improvement to the injured area or the skin around the injected area may appear bruised or discolored. There might be a minor chance of an artery or vein being damaged due to needle usage, which can then cause a blood clot to form. If you have any sort of negative reaction to PRP injections, it’s important to contact your doctor immediately.