PRP treatment is the process of applying the product obtained from one’s own platelet cells to certain areas of the patient. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. This means that the cells of the blood rich in healing factors are separated and injected into the body. It is used for cosmetic purposes such as skin care, and now it is used in the treatment of many diseases.
How is PRP applied?
PRP administration is performed in as little as 20 minutes by taking approximately 20 cc blood from the person. After separation of 6 minutes, the upper section is removed and injected into the patient. The process is applied directly to the region of interest.
PRP treatment in many cosmetic fields and diseases can be applied successfully in the field of orthopedics. We use this method especially in the treatment of knee calcification, tennis elbow and heel spur diseases.
PRP and Knee Calcification Treatment
PRP is a very useful method especially in non-advanced knee calcification. Moreover, PRP is not intended for pain, but directly for the treatment of calcification. It does not stop pain as quickly as cortisone injections for pain. The pain gradually subsides and is expected to disappear over time. Complaints after cortisone are not expected after PRP treatment. As with all PRP applications, approximately 20 cc of blood from the patient is centrifuged. Centrifugation is the process of separating platelets. After separation, the upper portion of the tube is removed and injected into the knee area. It is usually sufficient to apply 3 sessions at 1 month intervals.
PRP and Tennis Elbow Treatment
Tennis elbow is a very stubborn disease. The pain it causes may adversely affect the daily life of the patient. One of the non-surgical treatment modalities used for the relief of these pains is cortisone injection. Cortisone injection is very successful in relieving pain quickly. However, the downside is that the probability of relapse after a few months is about 50 percent. PRP is applied successfully in tennis elbow disease as well as knee calcification. As with cortisone, the pain does not go away suddenly; takes time. Therefore, patients need to be patient. The PRP session, which is administered twice in 15-day intervals, is highly successful. The risk of recurrence is also low.
PRP and Heel Spur Treatment
Heel spur disease can not be obtained from many treatment methods with PRP application can be quite good results. We also apply PRP, which requires some time, sometimes with a single session and sometimes with 2 sessions we do with 1 month intervals.
PRP How Many Days / Months Intervals and How Many Sessions are Applied?
The number of sessions and application interval may vary depending on the procedures performed. If we need to talk about orthopedic problems, usually 3 sessions with 1 month interval in knee calcification, 2 sessions with 15 days interval in tennis elbow and 2 sessions with 1 month interval in the heel spine are sufficient.