Because PRP therapy involves using your body’s own plasma, there is virtually no possibility of rejection or an allergic reaction.
Likewise, since nothing foreign is being injected, the risk of infection is extremely low, especially since platelets are part of the body’s defense mechanism against unwanted microbes like bacteria and viruses.
There are also no know systemic (side) effects from PRP therapy, although it is normal to feel pain and swelling near the injection sites. This is part of the body’s healing process. This pain and inflammation usually peaks within 24 hours and disappears after a couple of days.
How PRP Works:Blood is made up of red and white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Following an injury, platelets in our bodies are activated and release healing proteins called growth factors, which help to speed up wound and tissue healing. Platelet Rich Plasma is a particularly good source of these growth factors because Dr. Mash is able to get the PRP from your blood quickly, easily and safely right in our medical office.
- The approximately one-hour inpatient process begins by taking a small sample of your blood and placing it into the Platelet Concentrate System, which separates the blood into its primary components – platelets and white blood cells, plasma, and red blood cells.
- After a portion of the plasma is removed, your concentrated platelets are mixed with the remaining plasma to form a platelet-rich solution that is then injected into and around the injured tissues.
- The concentrated platelets trigger a natural immune response as specialized white blood cells (macrophages) rush in to remove damaged cells and prepare the tissue for healing.
- Stem cells and other cells multiply, repair and rebuild the damaged tissue – an accelerated healing response that reduces pain, promotes increased strength and improves joint function.
- While many patients require just one treatment, you may need additional sessions.