Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections Test
What are platelets?
Platelets, which are produced by bone marrow cells, are small circular cell fragments. The primary function of platelets is to stop bleeding and cause the blood to clot. In a healthy individual’s blood, there will be 150,000 to 350,000 platelets per liter of blood.
Platelets are the smallest cell in the blood stream; however, the have a large responsibility. Their entire composition plays a vital role in the healing and recovery process. When the cell wall is breached due to injury, platelets are the first line of defense. The protein on their surface allows them to stick to the cell wall near the affected area. Platelets also house smaller particles that help spread additional proteins that assist in creating a plug and stop the bleeding.
What is platelet-rich plasma injection (PRP)?
The goal of a PRP injection is to enhance the body’s natural healing process. During PRP injection process, a patient’s blood is withdrawn and placed in a centrifuge, which will spin the blood to concentrate the platelets. The platelets are injected into a tendon or joint to stimulate the body to heal itself.
Is it effective?
PRP injections are a form of regenerative medicine. In addition to their ability to clot blood, research suggests that platelets also play a role in repairing and regenerating tissue, which can speed up recovery time.
Though it has not been proven 100% efficient by science, athletes around the world have used this form of therapy to recover from injury. Examples of celebrities who have had PRP injections includes Tiger Woods (PGA), Rafael Nadal (Tennis), Brandon Roy (NBA) and more.
To learn more about your options and the benefits PRP injections might have on your injury recovery process, please contact us today.