What is the PRP?

Written by: Dr. Diego José Giménez Belmonte
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Blood is composed of multiple components, including plasma that is, the red and white cells, and platelets. The plasma is composed mainly of water and serves to drive the other components. As for red cells, they are responsible for carrying oxygen to the tissues and remove carbon dioxide, and white to fight infections.

Platelets are cells that help blood clot, favoring tissue regeneration and repair of damaged blood vessels.


What is the treatment of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

During therapy, an amount of the patient's blood is prepared by centrifugation to separate platelets from other components. The result is a plasma with a high concentration of platelets, which are infiltrated directly into the site of injury to promote inflammation and accelerating the healing process.


Why choose this treatment over other options?

The PRP provides the opportunity to heal the affected area and establish a permanent solution. Furthermore, injection of corticosteroids is not considered a long term solution, may weaken the tissues if the repeated application of these drugs is repeated times.

When compared with surgery, treatment with platelet is much less expensive, it has less risk of infection and faster recovery. In addition, infiltrations are less invasive and, as I said earlier, can produce permanent improvement.


In which cases is indicated treatment with PRP?

- Tendinitis and tendinosis- Patellar tendon- Achilles Tendon- Shoulder Tendons- Chronic ligament injuries- Joint pain from cartilage injury- Osteoarthritis- Partial Rotator Cuff Injuries- Bursitis- Plantar fasciitis- Epicondylitis and epicondylitis- Sports injuries- Muscle Injury


How is the process of infiltration of PRP?

First, you must perform an initial consultation with a specialist in trauma and whether you need treatment with PRP. In some cases, magnetic resonance imaging or ultrasound may be recommended to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions that can cause complications. If you are a candidate for treatment it will be scheduled for infiltration.

PRP therapy does not need income and can be performed in the office or an outpatient surgery. In many cases, infiltration will be guided by ultrasound to ensure optimum location of the lesion or site of infiltration. After the usual treatment is the presence of redness and slight temperature rise in the next two days.  

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Diego José Giménez Belmonte
Orthopaedic Surgery

A well-known specialist in Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Dr. Giménez Belmonte has a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Murcia since 1987. With more than 20 years of experience, he specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery, arthroscopic surgery In general, to sports injuries, musco-skeletal ultrasounds and echo-guided infiltrations. He has participated in many conferences and courses, both national and international, and has been teaching at UCAM since 2016.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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