Furthering our commitment to patient wellness, Komin Medical Group is thrilled to now be offering Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, an innovative treatment that harnesses the body’s own healing properties extracted from the patient’s blood in order to accelerate healing and stimulate new cell growth in the affected area. With uses ranging from treating sports injury and joint pain to reversing hair loss, PRP injections have the ability to kickstart your body’s natural healing process with a simple procedure. Schedule a consultation today to see if PRP is right for you!
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are created by collecting a vile of the patient’s own blood. This vile is then spun in a centrifuge machine that separates the platelets from the red blood cells creating a concentrated substance called Platelet-Rich Plasma which is then injected into the patient’s problem area. In doing so, this procedure taps into the body’s natural healing processes found in blood cells in order to accelerate wound healing, reduce pain and inflammation, and even treat hair loss as well as improve the appearance of the skin. PRP offers a natural and effective way to relieve pain, speed the healing of injuries, and even stimulate new growth and regeneration of tissues in the body.
Platelet-Rich Plasma History and overview of uses
Platelet-Rich Plasma has been gaining popularity amongst the medical and wellness communities alike as new uses for Platelet-Rich Plasma are being discovered. Originally used for wound healing in reconstructive facial procedures, Platelet-Rich Plasma has since become a hot topic in sports medicine for its ability to relieve joint pain and injury. Now, as more and more uses are being discovered for Platelet-Rich Plasma’s regenerative properties, the Platelet-Rich Plasma “Vampire Facial” is beginning to draw a considerable amount of viral internet attention to Platelet-Rich Plasma injections as a procedure that could even improve the appearance of skin without the use of botox injections
Platelet-Rich Plasma for Sports Injuries, Joints, and Muscular Pain
After a long year in lockdown, many of us are finding ourselves trying to get back into our regular exercise regimens as restrictions begin to loosen and more gyms are reopening their doors. However, this return to wellness can make you susceptible to injury or pain, which Platelet-Rich Plasma can help with!
All injuries, regardless of whether they occur in soft tissue or bone, must go through a series of phases in order to heal correctly. The first, and perhaps the most crucial, is the inflammatory phase in which platelets accumulate at the site of the injury and begin to release growth factors that initiate the inflammation. Platelet-Rich Plasma injections work to help speed up a slowly healing wound or start the healing process where it has not yet taken place.
Platelet-Rich Plasma injections have a wide range of applications throughout the entire body. “Studies“: have suggested that PRP therapy may be helpful in enhancing soft -tissue repair, particularly for tendon and wound healing.”
This is great news! Ailments occurring in the knee, lower leg, ankle and foot as well as in the hip, shoulder, and elbow can each use PRP as a viable treatment option. PRP injections have had a great amount of success in healing ankle sprains, shin splints, tennis elbow, tendonitis and even partial ligament tears! In doing so, this has helped many patients to avoid surgeries for various sports injuries as well as recurring aches and pains. Often, PRP injections are used in conjunction with physical therapy to help maintain flexibility and strength while the healing takes place.
What are platelets?
Let’s start with the basics. Platelets are blood cells, also called thrombocytes, that are responsible for healing processes in the body such as blood clotting and wound healing. When platelets are concentrated in a Platelet-Rich Plasma injection site, they can encourage speed healing using nothing more than your body’s natural growth factors that are released by platelets!
Platelet-Rich Plasma for Hair Loss
Both men and women can be affected by pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia. Once thought to be irreversible, platelet-rich plasma injections are extremely useful in treating this type of hair loss without using invasive hair transplant procedures. This is done by using your body’s own growth factors found in your blood injected directly into the scalp via PRP. Whether you are dealing with excessive thinning, balding, or a receding hairline, PRP may be able to help reverse these effects by stimulating dormant hair follicles and encouraging the regrowth of hair.
Platelet-Rich Plasma for Wrinkles
As more uses for Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are being discovered, there is now significant research to suggest that PRP can be used in a variety of cosmetic enhancements. Similar to the healing process that takes place when platelet-rich plasma injections are used to heal internal ailments, PRP can also be used to treat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the face as well as to reduce dark circles under the eyes. The growth factors found in platelet-rich plasma are responsible for collagen activation in the body which can ultimately help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the skin.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Safety
Unlike cortisone steroid injections which are typically used to relieve pain from an injury, PRP instead aims to speed up the healing process of the affected area. Since platelet-rich plasma is created using a patient’s own platelets found in their blood, there is no risk of the body rejecting the treatment or of transferring diseases. As with any injection, there is a small risk of infection at the injection site and it is possible that the patient might experience some pain and tenderness from the procedure.
When you go for your initial consultation, our providers may recommend against PRP for hair loss if you:
- are on blood thinners
- are a heavy smoker
- have a history of alcohol or drug misuse
You might also be rejected for treatment if you’ve been diagnosed with:
- acute or chronic infections
- chronic liver disease
- chronic skin disease
- hemodynamic instability
- metabolic disorder
- platelet dysfunction syndromes
- systemic disorder
- low platelet count
- thyroid disease
Before and After Care
Although platelet-rich plasma injections are a fairly easy procedure, it is important to keep in mind a few key tips to help you achieve the best results from this treatment and help you feel your best moving forward. Before getting a PRP injection, it is recommended to stop all anti-inflammatory medications 5-7 days prior to receiving the treatment. This gives the PRP and growth factors the best chance at healing by encouraging the crucial aforementioned inflammatory phase. These may include certain over-the-counter medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Please be sure to check with your provider before stopping any medications.
Also, remember to drink plenty of water to avoid feeling faint as we will need to collect a vile of blood in order to extract the platelet-rich plasma gel to be injected into the problem area.
Before receiving PRP injections, the area will be numbed using a local anesthetic. You can expect this numbness to stick around for about 2-3 hours after the procedure. You may also experience soreness at the site where the injection was administered as the platelet-rich plasma begins to heal the affected area by kickstarting the inflammatory phase. It is important to stay mobile but avoid overly strenuous activities, especially after receiving PRP for joint or muscular pains and injuries. You may also consider using Komin Medical Group’s physical therapy services in conjunction with PRP to help you to feel great as soon as possible!