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The Science Behind PRP Injections

The Science Behind PRP Injections
The Science Behind PRP Injections

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are an innovative and safe medical procedure that helps patients to heal from long-term injuries and recover from hair loss, aging and body degeneration. PRP orthopedic injections can make a massive difference for a range of problems. It’s just a matter of finding a certified orthopedic surgeon who is qualified and experienced with administering PRP orthopedic injections and understands how to make them effective.

Here’s how PRP orthopedic injections work,

You’ll have a small bit of your blood taken and put into a centrifuge which spins around and separates out your blood, filtering a platelet-rich infusion back into a problem area you are trying to regenerate or treat. The whole treatment only takes about half an hour and can be highly effective in repairing damage or aging in your skin, tendons, tissue, joints and more, including treating arthritis or even issues happening in your genitals and organs.

Benefits of PRP

PRP orthopedic injections can do miracles for your body, regenerating new and revitalized tissue. Platelets are the binding cells of the liquid blood – the plasma – that let the blood stop wounds and work to heal through coagulation. By making a platelet-focused mixture, PRP therapy infuses your body with more than 10 times the normal amount of platelets and turbo-boosts its ability to heal, reduce inflammation and rebuild itself.

Indeed, platelets don’t only help wounds and heal damages in your body, they also attract more platelets in a medical phenomenon called aggregation and platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF) helping blood vessels grow and become healthier as well as other growth factor aspects of platelets that regenerate and restore tissue.

Who is it ideal for?

PRP treatment is ideal for those who are experiencing injuries such as problems with their tendons, joints or muscles as well as issues like tendinosis, knee and hip problems and injuries and arthritis. 

Successful treatments and results

Patients regularly report major improvements after getting PRP orthopedic injections and significant pain relief. PRP orthopedic injections have become a cornerstone of restorative therapy, and is also highly effective for rejuvenating and revitalizing aged or tired skin as well as the aftereffects on the body of pregnancy, weight loss, stretch marks or other skin and body changes.

PRP orthopedic injections have also been highly successful at treating hair loss, alopecia, hypertrichosis and sexual dysfunction in men and women. It can also be successfully use to “perk up” sagging breasts and to treat erectile dysfunction in men and vaginal dryness and pain in women. To say PRP has a wide range of applications in what it can be used to treat is an understatement! The power of the blood’s platelets to heal and restore is incredible. Results from PRP therapy are generally experienced after four to six weeks.

Those reading this may wonder just how effective PRP orthopedic injections are, and the answer depends on each client and on what they are treating. Platelets are truly multi-talented and the increasing popularity of the treatment speaks for itself.

It’s important to talk to your physician about PRP orthopedic injections and the problem you’re dealing with to determine if it’s the most appropriate option available to you, and also what other treatment procedures may be effective for you. It’s key to have a physician who understands PRP therapy and knows how to optimize it for you, as inexperienced doctors may overestimate how much of the PRP to inject and end up leading to a lack of efficacy for the patient’s outcome. Experience and expertise really counts when it comes to PRP orthopedic injections.

Dr. Mahesh Bagwe is a leading lower extremity specialist and orthopedic surgeon at the Orthopedic Center of St. Louis and also serves as a team physician to the St. Louis Cardinals. As a St. Louis certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Bagwe has extensive experience with PRP orthopedic injections therapy.

Reach out and contact Dr. Bagwe today about discussing a PRP treatment plan.

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