Platelet rich plasma treatment is a new entrant in the field of alternative and complementary therapies. It involves the use of the plasma to treat various ailments. The procedure was initiated in the 70s although its usage gained prominence in the 90’s.
Understanding the Procedure
The developers of the procedure were informed by the fact that platelets are rich in growth factors. These are natural factors that aid in the regeneration of the body. Hence, when platelet rich plasma is injected in a certain part of the body, this area slowly regenerates. Platelets also contain cytokines. These are inflammatory mediators that regulate healing of wounds. These two factors have informed its use in regeneration and pain management in orthopedic procedures, dental procedures as well as cosmetic procedures. The benefits of PRP treatment are many when compared to other therapies. These include the faster rate of wound healing and lower rates of infection. Choosing the right PRP practitioner could be the difference between failure and success of the therapy. The following are a few tips to help you identify the right PRP doctor.
Identify a practitioner who has specialized in the area. Not just any doctor can perform this procedure. Specialists in PRP are known as prolotherapists. This professional should take a proper history of your condition and make a correct diagnosis. Afterward, they should recommend the appropriate round of injections. Quacks typically promise relief after one round of injection. Normally, the patient does not get relief after just one round. Hence, make sure you do a background check on the doctor before you get the procedure.
Also, steroids especially NSAIDS should not be administered before having the procedure done. This is because platelets contain cytokines, which are inflammatory mediators, hence, should be able to alleviate inflammation thus reducing pain. Giving steroids would beat the purpose. Should the one administering the medication give steroids before the procedure, then you should begin to ask yourself questions. Also, they should not prescribe anti-inflammatory medication after the procedure as this would be counterproductive since it will be canceling the effects of the therapy.
Also, the doctor should try to get to the root of the problem. All conditions have an underlying cause that if not addressed, could result in failure of the treatment. Also, body systems work in concert with one another so the practitioner should demonstrate an understanding of this. Hence, appropriate lab tests and scans must be conducted.
The costs should directly relate to the outcomes. If the procedure is expensive, then there should be some success stories, which that is there should be some patients who have benefited from the procedure.
Also, this therapy cannot work alone. Your doctor should recommend other solutions that can help alleviate the condition. For instance, he can support a particular type of exercise or dietary changes.
All in all, this is an alternative type of therapy that has a lot of promise. Care should, however, be taken when choosing the service provider so as to obtain maximum benefit.