PRP Treatment
(Platelet-Rich Plasma)

PRP

Platelet-rich Plasma is usually abbreviated as PRP. PRP healing process is a treatment option which provides pain reduction accelerating the healing process in musculoskeletal problems with prolonged healing times. Platelet cells, which are taken from the blood of the patient, are separated using a special process and injected to the problematic body part of the patient.

Platelets which form %1 of human blood are well known with their hemostatic functions. Platelets are very important elements in wound healing. They contain hundreds of proteins named as crucial growth factors for wound healing. PRP is a plasma which contains many more platelets than usual platelet numbers in blood. In PRP due to the platelet content, concentration of growth factors are 5 to 10 times higher than usual.

Today PRP applications are used in many sports branches for reducing the comeback time to sports life and eliminating pain. PRP is an effective treatment option for returning to activities and reducing the pain in diseases such as arthritis, tendonitis, ligament ruptures and stretches, calcifications.

PRP treatment supports the body's natural healing process and provides a long-term, permanent solution. PRP is not a treatment type whose effect disappears in time.

While preparing PRP, first blood is taken from the patient, the centrifuge is applied in special tubes to separate platelets from blood, and plasma with high platelet content is obtained for PRP.

Emergence of PRP's benefits shouldn't be expected fast. In most patients, healing (reduction in pain or functional increase) starts in 4 to 6 weeks. This period is related to the magnitude of the damage and emplacement of the damaged area. In the following weeks after the injection it is recommended to continue physiotherapy and avoid physical activities along with not forcing the injected area. It will provide better recovery for the tissues.

PRP is generally a safe application due to the fact that this application is done by the own blood of the person. But since the injection is inserted into the body, the risks that occur in every application such as infection, bleeding, nerve damage, may occur in this application too. These situations are seldomly observed. There might be risks related to the treated situation. These risks are assessed after the treatment. PRP is usually seen as a first step treatment. When the general medical methods fail, it is added to the treatment plan.