In recent years, treatments based on modulating the activity of relevant cytokines and growth factors at the cellular level have become increasingly important in medicine.
A simple and safe method used in orthopedics is therapy with the use of appropriate plasma preparations from the patient's own blood.
Plasma therapy / PRP-Behandlung is used to improve tissue regeneration, reduce the symptoms of a degenerative disease, heal injuries faster, or shorten the recovery period.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy?
Blood is taken from the patient in the amount of about 10-15 ml, then, by means of an appropriate centrifugation, a plasma concentrate is obtained, rich in platelets containing the so-called growth factors (including PDGF and TGF-beta). The doctor injects the preparation into the treated area. Plasma growth factors stimulate tissue remodeling and healing.
PRP therapy is for people:
• with damaged ligaments, tendons and articular cartilage
• with chronic diseases of the skeletal system
• patients with degeneration of the joints
• in whom the healing process of bones and soft tissues is abnormal
• with bone adhesion disorders
• with a loss of articular cartilage after treatments of tendons, ligaments and articular cartilage
- knee pain syndromes (damage to articular cartilage, ligaments and menisci)
- shoulder pain syndromes (bursitis, damage to the rotator cuff)
- delayed bone union after fractures
- bursitis of the greater trochanter of the femur
- knee of a jumper, runner
- tennis elbow, golfer's elbow
- heel spurs
- Achilles tendinitis
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure itself is usually not painful. However, at the place of application of the preparation, pain may be felt within a few days related to the desired activation of appropriate regenerative factors. It is especially important during this period not to take painkillers on your own without consulting your doctor.
Procedure after the procedure:
In order to alleviate the symptoms, the treated limb should be spared and cool compresses should be used. Orally, you can take paracetamol or tramadol (however, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be strictly avoided ). A control visit after 2-4 weeks allows you to assess the effectiveness of the treatment and decide whether to continue the plasma therapy, although we can count on the effects of the treatment even after a single administration.
It should be remembered that the doctor decides about the qualification for treatment with this method after examining the patient and considering possible therapeutic options.
Contraindications to PRP therapy :
- therapy Immunosuppressive
- therapy HCV, HBS, HIV infection
- Hepatorenal syndrome
- Chronic liver diseases
- Immunological vascular diseases