We talk a lot about PRP Injections in many blog posts because it is a famous PRP Hair Restoration Toronto treatment and is used in many other medical problems, including soft tissue and wound healing. You may use Platelet Rich Plasma Injections when you feel any discomfort, inflammation or injuries. PRP treatments work through the delivery of natural protein, cytokines, stem cells and other bioactive growth factors to damaged areas.
When Did PRP start?
In the early 1990s, doctors started incorporating various doses of prolotherapy injections for dentistry, cosmetic surgeries, periodontal surgeries, and skin grafting procedures. However, from the early 2000s onward, in PRP prolotherapy the patient’s blood platelets and growth factors are used. Then the use of PRP expanded into orthopedic treatments that include weakened tissue fibers and chronic pain, reducing joint degradation.
Where the PRP Injections are Most Often Used?
- A torn ligament
- Sacroiliac problems
- Sciatica/sciatic nerve pain
- A bulging or herniated disc
- Arthritis or osteoarthritis, especially those with degenerative knee cartilage
- loss of balance, Instability, stiffness, and loss of flexibility/range of motion
- Sports injuries: e.g. plantar fasciitis in runners, tennis elbow, or general injuries affecting the rotator cuff, etc
- Hand injuries that are usually found in the age group of middle-aged people and youngsters e.g. Skier’s or Gamekeepers thumb, carpal tunnel syndrome and “Texting thumb”
- Chronic pain in any vulnerable area like the lower back, knees, neck, or shoulders
A few factors about PRP that you need to know
- The PRP substance is vaccinated into the injured or effected tissues like joints, ligaments or tendons which contribute to local inflammation and a wounding healing cascade. As a result, bioactive proteins found in platelets, plasma, and white blood cells deposit new collagen and start healing
- PRP substance is very diverse from ordinary blood. The reason behind is that it contains much higher concentrations of platelets and cell ratios than the normal blood. The normal blood has about 6% platelets and the PRP has about 94%. Platelets contain a variety of cytokines, proteins and other bioactive factors that start and control the fundamental aspects of natural healing of wounds, and connective tissues, etc.
- As it matures, new collagen shrinks; resulting in it tightens the damaged ligament or tendon.
- Some PRP substances are also injected high concentrations of stem cells into the affected area.