Platelet rich plasma is a new concept in tissue engineering that helps in relieving pain and in treatment of most musculoskeletal problems. It has been found to be quite effective in treatment of chronic osteoarthritis in joints such as the knee, shoulder, hip, and in problems associated with back and neck injuries, ankle sprains, tendonitis, ligaments, the spinal cord and tears in the rotator cuff among many others.
You might wonder what platelet rich plasma treatment entails. It is actually a medical concept derived from the fact that the body usually releases platelet cells at a point of injury to stem bleeding and enhance healing. This is because blood platelets are rich in healing factors. It is a form of the body’s self-repairing process. Therefore, when concentrated platelet rich plasma is introduced in an injury site, it significantly helps in recovery and in pain reduction. But how do we get this platelet rich plasma? This healing component of the body is extracted from a patient’s blood by separating platelets from other components of blood in a high speed centrifuge.
One of the top reasons to go for platelet rich plasma treatment is the fact that there is no risk of infection because the platelets are derived from your own blood. Another reason is that the body will not reject its own platelet rich plasma. The use of the patient’s own blood eliminates the risks associated with normal surgery and complications of anesthesia. Platelet rich plasma treatment does not involve long stays in hospitals and is in most cases an outpatient treatment. There is always the provision of the patient undergoing a second or third injection of platelet rich plasma if pain or discomfort persists. In terms of cost, this therapy is quite affordable in comparison with surgery. A single shot of platelet rich plasma normally costs $200. However, you will need to consult your physician or orthopedic specialist to determine if the treatment is appropriate for your case.