Medicine aims to cure patients with aggressive methods as little as possible. However, there are pathologies that have a treatment that results from all effective. In other cases, effective treatment is available which carries a major assault to the patient.
In Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery , it is above all the pain caused by inflammation caused by degeneration of the joints or tendon pathology. So far, treatment was based on drugs, rehabilitation or even surgery.
Local infiltration with Platelet Rich Plasma is a novel treatment with many advantages to this type of pathology.
What is the treatment of platelet - rich plasma
Platelets are cells that are part of the blood containing proteins with high anti - inflammatory potency.
By a process of centrifugation, these cells may be separated from other blood. Once the patient's blood is removed, approximately 40cc, centrifuged and injected at the point where there is inflammation. The treatment consists of three or four depending on the location infiltrations. These infiltrations are performed at intervals of two weeks and last for a maximum of 30 minutes.
As the platelet - rich plasma is derived from the patient's blood, there is no possibility of rejection or allergies. The major complication is that there may be caused by infection puncture.
Platelet - rich plasma: results
Patients suffering severe pain in the joints caused by osteoarthritis highly satisfactory results obtained by this treatment. The anti-inflammatory capacity of platelet-rich plasma decreases pain by delaying the placement of a prosthesis. Although the process of bone loss continues its course, the quality of life of patients improved simply by the fact that there is less pain.
The tendinitis is another of the diseases that can be treated satisfactorily by platelet - rich plasma. Generally people affected by tendonitis are athletes, so they need that healing time is short. Thanks to this treatment, the patient can return at an early stage to physical activity.
Edited by Noelia García Pino