Saturday, January 22, 2011

Women May Be More Likely Than Men To Suffer Knee Sprains & Injuries-

Knee sprains and tennis elbow are among the most common sports and exercise related injuries and the most difficult to treat. Females in particular may be more susceptible to certain injuries, especially knee sprains and ligament tears. 

This is thought to be due to physiological differences in the knees between the sexes and the increased numbers of girls and women who are playing sports and engaging in physical activities and exercise, as compared to previous generations. "PRP", a new non-surgical treatment can help speed healing and restore function to injured joints.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy offers a promising solution to accelerate healing of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis naturally without subjecting the patient to significant risk. PRP is an emerging treatment in a new health sector known as "Orthobiologics." The philosophy is to merge cutting edge technology with the body's natural ability to heal itself.
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process.
Blood is made of RBC (Red Blood Cells), WBC (White Blood Cells), Plasma, and Platelets. When in their resting state, platelets look like sea sponges and when activated form branches. Platelets were initially known to be responsible for blood clotting. In the last 20 years physicians have learned that when activated in the body, platelets release healing proteins called growth factors.
There are many growth factors with varying responsibilities, however cumulatively they accelerate tissue and wound healing. Therefore after increasing the baseline concentration of these platelets, we are able to deliver a powerful cocktail of growth factors that can dramatically enhance tissue recovery. 

To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins and automatically
produces the PRP. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 500%.
When PRP is injected into the damaged area it stimulates the tendon or ligament causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As
a result new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the tendons or ligaments of the damaged area.

PRP injections can be performed in tendons and ligaments all over the body. Sports injuries, arthritic joints, lower back, degenerative disc disease andmore specific injuries including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, ACL tears, shin splints, rotator cuff tears and plantar fasciitis  may all be effectively treated with PRP.

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