One of the many fascinating aspects of modern medical science is the type of innovations that allow providers to help patients heal with the help of their own, natural tissues. Read on to learn more about how your own body can protect your knee.
Over the years, medical science has developed all sorts of new ways to help people heal. Cushioning the natural healing process with advances that quickly reduce pain and bolster our body’s responses is always an ideal way to recover from injury. PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, could be the boost you need to aid in your recovery.
In Skaneateles, New York, Marc Pietropaoli, MD, cares for his patients at Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics. An experienced physician that puts his patients first, Dr. Pietropaoli offers PRP therapy, an excellent complementary therapy that starts working immediately and quickly shows results.
PRP comes from your own blood. To fully understand the power of PRP, you need to understand the power of your own body. Your blood is mostly water, or plasma, with a variety of other cells and fluids that keep your bodily systems on track. One of the most important elements in your blood is your platelets, which bind open wounds with collagen proteins that prevent blood from escaping, and microorganisms from entering.
Platelets are cells that are central to your immune system. Also called thrombocytes, platelets are produced by your bone marrow. Platelets are the second-most numerous blood cells, behind red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the rest of the body, and white blood cells, our body’s heavy artillery against infection and disease.
Your platelets are their own powerhouses that help you heal, and their power can be harnessed with a special extraction process. Platelets can’t always heal to their full ability without higher concentration — one microliter of your blood could contain up to 450,000 of these cells, but without being concentrated in one area, their full healing potential is missed.
To get the best of your platelet’s healing power, come in for your appointment with Dr. Pietropaoli. At your appointment, Dr. Pietropaoli draws a little of your blood into a specialized vial. That vial is placed in a centrifuge, a machine that spins small items at high speeds for medical purposes. When the vial is removed, the plasma and platelets are separated from the rest of the components in the blood.
The plasma and platelets in the vial are the PRP that Dr. Pietropaoli uses to bring your body back to its natural comfort and strength.
PRP has a number of applications across a variety of fields. Aesthetic medical practices will use PRP for advanced skin care procedures and hair regrowth. Though PRP’s anti-aging functions have been widely used and widely loved, Dr. Pietropaoli knows that injuries to joints and soft tissues can be greatly affected by PRP therapy.
When PRP is injected into damaged joints or ligaments, the platelets get to work repairing what’s fractured or hurting. By binding damaged cells, PRP is able to effectively reduce pain, inflammation, and assist in healing using the power of your own body. You can expect that the swelling and discomfort at the injection site will vanish within three days.
PRP can be used to heal on its own, but it’s unusual for patients to be prescribed a single dose of this powerful treatment. You may need several PRP injections to help you, and each will require a quick trip to Dr. Pietropaoli. After each treatment, we encourage you to take it easy. You’re fine to drive, or go back to work if you don’t need to lift, bend, or squat, but physical activity should be as light as possible.
This question will be up to Dr. Pietropaoli — not everyone is a candidate for PRP therapy, though it’s unusual that someone would not tolerate PRP. PRP is a natural healing boost, produced by your body’s natural processes, and a medicine-free therapy. PRP could be the missing piece of your injury recovery.
If you’re interested in more information, call us today at 315-303-8352, or book an appointment with us online.
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