PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma, means platelet rich serum. Blood is taken from the person, this blood is centrifuged, serum and red blood cells are separated from each other. The serum portion remaining on top is drawn into the injector and injected into the area to be treated through appropriate needles.
The platelets in it are the first cells to arrive in the environment in case of injury and have healing properties. In addition, the proteins and growth factors in it provide tissue repair and healing.
Contrary to popular belief, PRP contains very few stem cells. Stem cells are generally found in the bone marrow. They are aspirated and concentrated with special methods. Apart from this, there are very few stem cells in tissues such as muscle and adipose tissue; after the tissue is taken with special kits, it needs to be reproduced in a laboratory environment for a few weeks, then it becomes usable. Therefore, stem cell therapy is not an application that can be performed so quickly.
It helps to relieve pain in tendon injuries such as tennis elbow, achilles tendon injury, patellar tendon injuries, plantar fasciitis; athlete injuries with muscle-joint-ligament injuries, calcifications called osteoarthritis in the knee joint, low-level meniscus injuries. It does not regress the disease, wear continues, but pain is reduced and joint function improves.
It is also a very effective treatment in skin and scalp regeneration, prevention of hair loss, and regrowth of hair by nourishing the scalp.
Joint PRP treatment is evaluated with ultrasound. Afterwards, PRP is injected into the joint with thin and long needles guided by ultrasound. Disinfection is very important during this procedure. Sterile materials should be carefully injected between the joints. A second application can be made 15 days after this procedure, if necessary, depending on the patient's condition.
In joint problems, injections made with short needles into the skin do not do any good. The important thing is that PRP can be injected between the joints.
Current prices may vary depending on the procedure to be performed after the evaluation of the joint. For PRP treatment prices for the joint, the patient must first be evaluated by the doctor who will perform the procedure.
PRP for arthritis in the joint is PRP between the knee in the same way. Patients with arthritis may have a problem of decreased or increased fluid in the joint space. After the patient is evaluated with ultrasound, if the fluid increase is high, it is very valuable for the treatment to remove some of the fluid and then perform PRP.
In PRP treatment for joint pain, PRP is injected into the joint with a long-thin needle. The patient can walk away. There may be mild pain for the first few days, then it usually passes and the patient relaxes.
Yes, PRP is good for arthritis. It slows down its progression, but it does not have a completely curative feature. It can be done every 6 months as supportive treatment.
Those who have PRP joint treatment leave satisfied. The quality of life improves as chronic pain is relieved.
Joint PRP can be performed twice at 15-day intervals at the beginning and then as a single session every 6 months. This interval can be widened as the patients' complaints get worse.
PRP for joint pain and arthritis usually shows its effect after the first 2 sessions. Patients can feel relief even a few days after the first procedure. However, if the joint damage is severe, a second session is required and the effect is usually clearly visible after this session.
PRP treatment for joints is not permanent. It is an injection of serum between the joints and its effectiveness is lost after a maximum of 6 months. It is therefore recommended to be performed at least twice a year.