What is PRP Knee Injection?

Published in health on 22nd November 2016

You might have heard about PRP but never really understood exactly what it’s for. PRP stands for plasma-rich platelet. The plasma is enriched with platelet consisting about three to eight times greater concentration than the usual level of platelet.  PRP contains various growth hormones that help stimulate the healing structure of both soft and hard tissues.

PRP injection is used in medicine for the treatment of various orthopedic injuries. There are reports from doctors at military hospitals that PRP knee injection is safe and effective in treating internal knee malalignment. Arthroscopic doctors also claimed that it is a good option in the treatment of symptoms of early degenerative disease.  They also said that it can be recommended for people suffering from osteoarthritis. May research and studies that the PRP injection can repair chronic tendon injuries, promote the healing process and also reduce arthritis pain.

Although PRP is not a new medical procedure, in fact, its first use was about 30 years ago, it was only about a decade ago that the interest of doctors and researchers in PRP knee injection increased. There is no exact figure on how many people have already used this treatment, but it’s estimated that thousands of people have already undergone the process. Hundreds of athletes and elites like Waddell and Tiger have used this simple medical procedure.

There’s no doubt, thought that the use of PRP is still a big controversy in the field of medicine.  There are some doctors who are still skeptical about this procedure, despite the many reports by other doctors and patients that it really works.  Weber, for instance, is an orthopedic surgeon based in Sacramento California. He got interested in using PRP injection about 6 years ago and has tried it with his patients in an attempt to make them recover shoulder injury faster. But, he found out that the use of PRP did not make any difference in his patient’s recovery. He then warned the people about it. Other skeptic doctors are also worried that celebrity publicity and advertising have gone beyond science.

PRP- How it works?

How it works is still a controversy. Also, there is an ongoing debate about the percentage of White Blood Cells (WBC) that should be used in a PRP injection.  Some say that it should only be composed of a few WBC because these cells impede healing. On the other hand, researchers and scientists, argues that WBC is significant in wound repair. Both sides have something in common though. They are both concern about the healing process of the treated areas. And although, thousands of people have tried PRP therapy, the best recipe for PRP injection is still in the making. And so, there are still a lot of things to do to perfect it.

In conclusion, despite the many controversies about PRP, many doctors and patients can testify its effectiveness and have said that it’s a valuable medical procedure that has helped thousands of people.

Indeed, PRP knee injection holds promise for treating people with knee osteoarthritis shoulder injuries and some other tissue damages caused by medical operations and other health conditions.