01 Jun Why Platelets are so Powerful
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are one of the most popular treatments offered by Dr. Nikesh Seth and the Integrated Pain Consultants team. This procedure uses a patient’s own platelets, derived from their blood, to treat a variety of pains and complaints. In other fields, PRP has been proven effective to restore hair loss and kickstart the body’s collagen growth for younger-looking skin. What exactly are platelets, and why do they pack such a powerful punch?
How Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections Work
Platelets are cells within the blood that help form clots. When a blood vessel gets damaged, it sends out an SOS to which platelets respond. The platelets hurry to the injury site to clot (plug) the area and begin the repair process. Platelets can spread across the damaged section to cease bleeding, also known as adhesion. As soon as platelets arrive at the damage site, they create “tentacles” that help them stick to the injury. At the same time, they send their own chemical signals out to draw even more platelets to the area. When they crowd on top of one another to maximize clotting, this is called aggregation.
Platelets are created in the bone marrow, as are red and white blood cells. Platelets are also known as “thrombocytes,” and you may hear medical professionals call a clot “a thrombus.” Once platelets are ready and enter the bloodstream, they have a lifespan of 8 – 10 days. “Platelets” got their more commonly known name because of their resemblance to little plates. Most people have anywhere from 150,000 – 450,00 platelets in a microliter of blood. If a person’s platelet count falls under 20,000, they’re at risk of spontaneous bleeding. If their count is under 50,000, bleeding can be more serious should a cut or bruise occur. Most people have a healthy amount of platelets, but there are conditions that can make platelet counts too high or low.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections For Pain Management – Ask Dr. Nikesh Seth at Integrated Pain Consultants
In recent years, researchers have discovered that platelets can do a lot more than control bleeding. They’re our bodies way of revving up the healing process, no matter the injury. In some situations, such as with pain management, a concentrated dose of platelets directed in or around the injury site can offer pain relief and a faster healing time. To learn more, contact Dr. Nikesh Seth and Integrated Pain Consultants today.