NEW YORK and GREENWHICH, Conn., Jan. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Our ears perk up when we hear that one of our favorite
Orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, MD, MPH, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, often tackles these questions with patients who are increasingly curious about the buzz-worthy preparation. PRP is an acronym for platelet-rich plasma, which is individually created for each patient through a special process, Dr. Plancher explains.
Composed mainly of liquid, blood also contains a solid component known as platelets that help clot blood. But platelets also contain numerous proteins called growth factors that are instrumental in injury healing. When a person's blood is drawn and centrifuged in a machine, an increased concentration of platelets can be returned to the patient in the form of a PRP injection.
"This platelet concentration can be 5 to 10 times greater than normal, meaning PRP contains far more growth factors than typical blood," Dr. Plancher says. "Through an explosion of research into PRP, growth factors and stem cells scientists are learning exactly how all these biologics can be used to speed the healing process in a variety of areas of the body."
How are PRP injections used? PRP injections are being used in many areas of medicine, but orthopaedic medicine has seen a burst of PRP uses for a variety of conditions, Dr. Plancher notes. These include:
Pros and cons of PRP Like every procedure, PRP injections have their pros and cons, Dr. Plancher explains. "Fortunately, the positives outweigh any potential negatives," he says. What are the benefits and drawbacks?
Here are the pros: Because PRP is made from your own blood cells, there's no chance of rejecting the cells. PRP injections also only carry minimal risks, such as infection, tissue damage or pain at the injection site, Dr. Plancher explains.
The single largest drawback to PRP injections is their effectiveness in areas of the body other than the elbow, muscles and tendons.
"More clinical trials will be needed to document their effectiveness," adds Dr. Plancher, also a Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. "The newer stem cell investigations as well as growth factor injections may aid in healing injuries faster than you might expect but ongoing research will hopefully give us answers in the near future."
Kevin D. Plancher, MD, MPH is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and the founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.
Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is a comprehensive orthopaedics and sports medicine practice with offices in New York City and Greenwich, CT. http://www.plancherortho.com
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