All You Must Know About PRP Treatment
The blood cells forming in the bone marrow is called platelets and they contain packets of protein that are in charge for blood clotting as well as wound healing. By the time when the platelets are released to the bloodstream from marrow, they got a lifespan of around 7 to 10 days circulation. When there's acute injury, you can rest assure that there's platelets accumulation at the site.
Sequence of events occurs with formation of clot and released of growth factors. In the said area, these said growth factors will be attracting different blood cells. Several other growth factors and cells as well help with the healing process. It is sometimes considered to use additional human thrombin and calcium chloride in order to stimulate the release of growth factors in most instances. While bovine thrombin are being used as well, there've been several accounts of hypersensitivity reactions to small number of patients.
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is basically concentrate of entire body which contains at least 1 million platelets per 6cc's. Preferably, platelet concentration in 3 to 5 million range is better because of higher concentration of platelets means there are more growth factors and faster healing. This could also heal incontinence.
Among the early papers that are describing the utilization of PRP was established in American Journal of Sports Medicine. The researchers have picked 20 non randomized patients who have chronic lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow. For the next 2 months, the patients were closely monitored after receiving PRP treatment and there is around 60 percent improvement PRP treated group than the 16 percent in the control group. Know more about PRP in http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1209394.
This said treatment has been studied too for Achilles tendon problems that produced mixed results. And on a Dutch study that was published in American Medical Association back in 2010 involving 54 patients, it showed no statistical difference between the groups that received PRP treatments and those that were treated with exercise and saline. On the other hand, there has been some criticism when it comes to the study design and some other studies that report positive results with PRP to treat Achilles tendonitis.
Patellar tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis of shoulder, gluteus medius tendonitis of hip, plantar fasciitis and even arthritis are other conditions for which PRP treatment was used.
When PRP is applied after a needle tenotomy or a kind of procedure to which a small incision is made to the part of damaged tendon via ultrasound guidance using small needle, it able to create an acute injury. Actually, this acute injury is what stimulates acute inflammatory response that then causes the release of platelet's growth as well as healing factors.