PRP Injections In Miami
Recently, more and more people have received platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment because it is effective in treating injuries. Even though PRP has received extensive publicity from athletes like Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal using it, there are still some things you may not know about PRP.
At Vida & Co, we are proud to provide platelet-rich plasma injections that will help refresh your facial appearance and fight hair loss. Moreover, PRP injections in Miami have been used for years to repair tendons, heal diabetic ulcers, accelerate wound healing, increase blood flow or help with hair regrowth.
What is PRP?
Blood mostly contains a liquid called plasma, but it also has other components such as white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Platelets are highly important in clotting blood, but they also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are extremely important in the healing of injuries. Thereby, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) consists of a high concentration of platelets and plasma. For example, normal blood has only 6% platelets, while platelet-rich plasma has 94%. In addition, PRP has 5 to 10 times the concentration of growth factors found in the blood.
Due to its natural origin and exceptional results, PRP therapy has become one of the most innovative medical treatments. PRP can be injected into an injured muscle, joint, ligament, or spine by using the patient’s own blood to heal their injuries.
How does PRP work?
Studies have shown that both platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem-cell therapy can accelerate or reinvigorate healing by stimulating new tissue production, reducing pain, and improving function. PRP is proven to be highly effective for spine and orthopedic conditions, such as:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Degenerative discs
- Arthritic joints
- Shoulder meniscus tears
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ankle sprains
PRP injections can stop the progression of arthritis, alleviate painful symptoms, delay joint replacement surgeries, and promote healing and natural hair growth.
The PRP Process
When it comes to the PRP procedure, we will first draw about 10 ccs of blood from a large vein in your elbow. Then we will place the blood in a centrifuge machine for about 15 minutes, so the platelets get separated from the remaining blood components.
Our specialist will then use a local anesthetic to numb the injured part of your body and inject the PRP into the affected area. The process lasts for an hour, and if needed, the doctor will use ultrasound guidance. You might feel a slight irritation when getting the PRP injections.
There are some factors that influence whether PRP treatment is effective. The factors typically include whether your injury is chronic or acute, your overall health, and the part of the body that needs PRP treatments.
What to Expect After PRP Injections Miami?
After the PRP treatment, we recommend taking it easy. We advise limiting the weight-bearing activities that may involve the injected part of your body for about three to seven days. Excessive alcohol is best avoided for the next 24 hours to help your body’s healing process.
Our specialists know that the PRP injections activate the immune system, so there can be significant pain the following week. You may need time off work and some pain relief. We suggest keeping the injection site clean and dry for 24 hours.
You will notice the benefits of platelet-rich plasma therapy about four to eight weeks after the first PRP injection.
How Many PRP Injections Do I Need?
A study published in the American Medical Journal Arthroscopy has shown that when PRP is injected directly into an arthritic knee, you should expect reduced pain for 6-12 months. If you suffer severe pain, it will be reduced to moderate pain, moderate pain will be reduced to mild pain, and mild pain to none at all. The less severe the health condition, the longer the PRP’s effect.
At Vida & Co, we recommend a second injection about four weeks following the first injection. There will be top-up injections at 6, 12, or 24-month intervals depending on the symptoms. The second injection will lengthen the period of pain relief, but almost 80% of all patients feel improved health conditions after the first injection.
Is PRP Therapy Safe?
PRP therapy is known to be a safe procedure. This is because the platelets are taken from your own blood. The most common side effects may include pain for the following 24 to 48 hours or bruising and swelling at the injection site. If you experience pain at the injection site, we suggest you apply ice for a few hours after the PRP injection. To avoid the so-called cold burn, you should consider wrapping the ice in a towel and using it for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
However, you should know that there are some small risks involved, such as infection, nerve injuries, tissue damage, or increased pain at the injection site.