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How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Therapy Work?

by Jake Muller on Sep 18, 2017 4:34:40 PM

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There's a new health trend being talked about. It's called PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy. It's considered a great way to help people heal from injuries. So far, it's mostly been athletes who have been doing it. People like Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova... the list goes on and on. But you don't have to be a highly paid professional athlete to be able to try it. In fact, Liquivida Lounge offers this service to people like you and me but before you run down and see what all the fuss is about, here is what you need to know about this great new health trend.

What Exactly is PRP Therapy?

PRP Therapy has to do with your blood. See, your blood, besides having red and white blood cells and platelets is mainly a liquid called plasma. The platelets are best known for helping to clot your blood when you get injured. However, platelets also contain proteins called growth factors that are useful when you’re injured.

PRP is exactly what is sounds like, plasma that is rich in platelets, much more than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual, which means there is also much more growth factors.

The blood must first be drawn from a patient before anything else. The platelets are then separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is combined with the remaining blood by being reinjected back into your body. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? But don't worry it's completely safe. 

How Does PRP Therapy Work?

PRP therapy, which takes approximately twenty minutes to complete, begins with collection of 30 milliliters of the patient’s blood. The blood sample is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of whole blood. Doctors then inject the concentrated platelets into the site of the injury often using ultrasound guidance for accuracy.

Platelets function as a natural reservoir for growth factors that are essential to repair injured tissues. The growth factors that the platelets secrete stimulate tissue recovery by increasing collagen production, enhancing tendon stem cell proliferation, and tenocyte-related gene and protein expression. These growth factors also stimulate blood flow and cause cartilage to become more firm and resilient. PRP activates tenocytes to proliferate quickly and produce collagen to repair injured tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles.

Besides Injuries, What Other Uses Are There for PRP Injections?

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Platelet-Rich Plasma injection therapy can also help with osteoarthritis. Studies have found that osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease patients receiving platelet-rich growth factor injections experience restored hyaluronic acid concentrations and improved angiogenesis, which help to reverse joint damage and stop disease progression.

PRP and stem cell treatments have been found to specifically restore hyaluronic acid due to the presence of synovial fibroblasts and hepatocyte growth factors. These effects have been found to be especially beneficial for those with knee pains due to osteoarthritis (one of the most common symptoms).

It has been known to also help with lower back pain. Research shows that a high percentage of chronic low back pain is actually due to torn or bulging discs, musculoskeletal compensations, ligamentous instability and poor postural alignment. These damage tissue over time and often cause injuries or pain to spread to other body parts (such as down the legs from the lower back). Some of the ways PRP can reduce low back pain include treating structural ligaments (such as iliolumbar, sacroiliac, lumbosacral and supraspinous ligaments) and, therefore, improving stability and dispersion of weight.

Can It Help with Hair Loss?

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Of course! PRP Therapy has also been known to help with male-pattern baldness. It's true, a study was conducted where patients who suffered from badness where given PRP therapy after the common treatments weren't working. The study proved that PRP aided in hair growth and helped the patients prevent further hair loss. Of course, you should check with your physician first before trying this procedure, but it can be a great solution to hair loss, if you're someone who suffers from it. Sometimes you need an alternative solution and PRP therapy can be an excellent, natural aid to a hair loss problem.

How Exactly Does PRP Help with Hair Loss?

With a thin needle, your own Platelet-Rich Plasma is injected into the scalp. Then the growth factors in your blood cells do their job and hair growth is naturally stimulated. PRP Hair Restoration is suitable for both men and women. It is a state of the art, non-surgical, totally natural, alternative medical procedure used for hair loss treatment or hair thinning. It is an injectable treatment which uses your own blood to help regrow hair.

The blood plasma, as mentioned above, contains active growth factors which can promote hair growth. This will help you be the person you want to be and not have to worry about your appearance. In South Florida, it's all about how you look, so why not take away the stress of thinking about your appearance?

Can You get PRP Injection Therapy in Florida?

If you’re serious about PRP therapy, you can book a session on many Liquivida Lounge locations. They have a professional, courteous staff, that is trained in the procedure and will make you feel safe and comfortable.

Hair loss shouldn’t be something you should be embarrassed about and it's okay to want to change your appearance. If you want your follicles to grow back, healthier, faster, and thicker, PRP therapy will surely be able to help. The process is safe and fast so you can get it done on your lunch break. Hair loss can be a sore spot for some people but it doesn’t have to be. Try PRP therapy and you'll see the results and can get back to worrying about your golf game and not your hair game.

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This post was written by Jake Muller