The plasma is the liquid part of blood and is composed of proteins and water, and serves as a medium for platelets and white blood cells to move through the body. Platelets are blood vessels that create blood clots as well as other critical growth-related functions.
The activation of platelets plays a crucial function in the body's self-healing process. Plasma therapy with platelet-rich plasma is a kind of regenerative medical treatment that boosts the body's growth factors to repair tissue.
The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections with a concentrated amount of the patient's platelets to help speed the healing process of injured ligaments, tendons, and joints. It uses each individual's healing system to treat injuries.
PRP injections are made using your blood and then run through a centrifuge to make the platelets more concentrated. These activated platelets are then injected directly into damaged or diseased tissue. At Great Lakes Health and Wellness, we use ultrasound imaging to help guide the injection. The process releases growth factors that boost the number of cells that the body produces.
Uses of PRP Therapy
We use PRP therapy in a variety of fields, including:
- Loss of hair:Our doctors use PRP therapy to encourage hair growth and stop hair loss. PRP injections are beneficial in treating androgenic hair loss, commonly referred to as male pattern hair loss.
- Tendon-related injuries:Our doctors use PRP injections for chronic tendon issues like tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis at the ankle, and jumper's knee.
- Acute Injuries:We use PRP injections to treat sports injuries like injured hamstring muscles and knee strains.
- The post-surgical procedure: Our doctors use PRP injections to repair post-surgical tears in a tendon and ligaments.
- Osteoarthritis: PRP injections in the knee help patients who suffer from osteoarthritis.
PRP Injection Procedure
- Our medical professional takes an amount of blood from the patient's body. The quantity of the blood sample depends upon the area where the PRP is administered.
- The blood is put into the centrifuge for approximately 15 minutes. The machine spins fast, causing the blood components to break apart
- The technologist extracts the plasma and then prepares it to be injected into the affected area.
- Doctors employ imaging techniques like ultrasound to determine the areas requiring injection. The physician will inject PRP into the affected region.
Please reach out to our practice in Wyandotte, MI, to have a consultation with our doctor, Dr. Abrahamson. Please call us at (734) 287-3000 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.