PRP treatment which is used in many orthopedic diseases especially in muscle – tendon diseases, sports injuries and joint diseases is becoming increasingly widespread. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a treatment method using the own blood of the patient accelerates the healing of the body when the body’s own healing mechanism was inadequate. PRP therapy is a method of treatment which is performed by separating and removing red blood cells, called an erythrocyte, from the patient, in order to produce a blood serum with platelets and giving this serum directly to the damaged tissue. These blood cells also contain hundreds of different growth factors, which help to heal and accelerate healing when the body’s healing mechanism is inadequate.
In recent years, PRP treatment has become increasingly widespread with the emergence of new areas of use, especially in the treatment of orthopedic diseases.
In order to obtain PRP, one’s own blood was taken and a decomposition process was applied for about 15-20 minutes. In this procedure, both the platelets are concentrated in the normal 5 – 6 folds and the growth factors in the platelets are increased by a special substance called activator. PRP treatment is used in many orthopedic diseases, especially muscle – tendon diseases, sports injuries and joint diseases such as golfer’s elbow, shoulder tendonitis, Achill tendon ruptures and muscle tears, surgical and non-surgical treatment of knee ligament injuries, early knee arthritis, chondromalacia, cartilage softening and bowing, and delayed fractures countable.
PRP therapy which has almost no side effects is usually applied in 3-4 sessions at 3-4 week intervals. The patient should not use pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs for at least 2 days after the application because of the fact that such medicines reduce the efficacy of the treatment.