Platelet activation is a key part of the healing process for your wounds. By using platelet rich plasma, or PRP, part of your blood is taken and injected into the wound site to promote better healing of your tendons, joints, muscles, or ligaments.
How long has this process been around?
The use of PRP has been around as early as the 1990’s when injections of patients’ own blood were taken and used during surgery.
The blood which is taken is injected into a centrifuge so that the white blood cells can be increased. Once this is done, the blood is mixed back into the patient so as to increase growth and repair damaged cells.
Is this process safe?
The use of PRP is quite safe and several different clinical studies have demonstrated that using this treatment method to induce faster healing will improve function and decrease pain.
What are the side effects?
Because PRP uses the blood of the patient there are very little reactions associated with the process, if any.
What happens during the process?
If you undergo PRP treatment, your blood will be taken with a needle and then injected, after it has been treated, into the problem area to induce healing.
What happens after?
Immediately after the process patients need to rest and after this, they can enjoy progressive stretching and strengthening to improve the problem area which was healed.
The lower back is made up of a number of bones, joints, muscles, nerves, and spinal discs which work together to support your body and allow you to move. The spine naturally forms an “S” shape and when it is in neutral alignment, it supports the rest of your body. It is important that you use proper posture while sitting and standing so that you can support the spine. Bad posture and injuries can result in back pain. There are different types of pain including acute pain and chronic pain. This pain may be severe and only come at random, or it may be mild and continual, or anything in between. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. The pain you experience could be the result of a back injury such as a slipped disc, sciatica, spondylolithesis, or Piriformis syndrome. If you are experiencing back pain there are many methods of treatment including heat, avoiding sustained postures, avoiding repetitive movements, avoiding heaving lifting, TENS, painkillers, and if those things don’t work: consulting a medical practitioner. There are of course ways in which you can avoid injury. You can watch for warning signs, stretch regularly, utilize good posture at all times, and integrate Pilates into your daily routine. In addition to that, you can utilize ergonomics while you sit at a desk or in a car, while you lift things, and while you are at a work station. All of this things combined can help you to treat existing back pain, recognize signs in the future of back pain, and take preventative measures to stay healthy.