In the past years, scientists have been experimenting with the body’s natural healing ability to come up with innovative treatment methods. Ortho House technologies enabled physicians to use a technique like platelet-rich plasma therapy. This is a form of regenerative medicine that can harness those abilities and amplify the natural growth factors that the body normally uses in the healing process.
What Is Plasma and What Are Platelets?
The blood is made up of different components; it is made up of a liquid part called the plasma and the other part includes blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets). The plasma is mainly made up of water and proteins and it provides a circulation medium for the red and white blood cells, and platelets.
Platelets, also known as thrombocytes, contain clotting factors that cause the blood to clot and other necessary growth factors that promote healing. A process called platelet activation plays a major role in the body’s natural healing process.
Now, what is Ortho House’s PRP technique and how is it innovative?
What are Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is the technology that utilizes the body’s natural healing ability. This type of treatment has shown success in several medical fields. With the help of Ortho House’s technologies and products, it is now helpful in the orthopedic field in Egypt.
In Ortho House, PRP includes the use of injections of a concentration of the patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. This way, PRP offers a safe treatment option because injections use each individual’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
How are Ortho House Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections Prepared?
Ortho House PRP injections are prepared by drawing one or a few tubes (depending on the need) of the person’s blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets
These activated platelets are then injected directly into the injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
Ortho House’s PRP application sometimes requires imaging – such as ultrasounds – to guide the injection.
Are Ortho House Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections Effective?
Currently, there are many research studies that are being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of PRP treatments. This research also helps physicians understand more how this technique works. Ortho House also works closely with physicians and patients to improve the application of PRP in the field.
Recent research has shown PRP therapy can be promising in the field of orthopedics. Studies highlighted that certain tendon problems can be improved with PRP injections. Additionally, more and more literature are showing the significant effectiveness of PRP in the treatment of mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis.
However, the success of this treatment depends on several conditions. Factors that can influence the effectiveness of Ortho House’s PRP treatment include:
When are Ortho House Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections Used?
Ortho House is always committed to creating the best technologies for orthopedic surgeons. We constantly aim to improve the field and PRP injections are not an exception. OrthoHouse’s PRP technology can be used in the following cases:
Chronic Tendon Injuries
According to the research previously mentioned, PRP is effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries, especially tennis elbow – a very common injury of the tendons on the outside of the elbow.
The use of Ortho House’s PRP for other chronic tendon injuries — such as chronic Achilles tendonitis or jumper’s knee (inflammation of the patellar tendon at the knee) is promising.
However, it is worth noting that, now, with the current evidence, it is challenging to conclude if PRP therapy is more effective than traditional treatment of these problems.
Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries
PRP now has become very famous due to its effectiveness in the treatment of sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries. Ortho House’s PRP has been significantly used to treat professional athletes with common sports injuries like pulled hamstring muscles in the thigh and knee sprains.
Some surgeons use Ortho House technologies due to the recent trend of using PRP during certain types of surgery to promote tissue healing. It was first thought to be beneficial in shoulder surgery to repair torn rotator cuff tendons. Yet, the results were not that satisfying or had no benefit when PRP is used in these types of surgical procedures.
Also, there have been recent novel studies dedicated to the benefit of PRP in meniscus healing after meniscus repair. Surgery to repair torn knee ligaments, especially the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is another area where PRP has been applied. But the results seem to be the same as the previous cases.
An increasing amount of literature shows the effectiveness of low-leukocyte PRP in treating low- to moderate-grade knee osteoarthritis. Some studies have shown that these results can last up to two years. Hence, Ortho House’s PRP injections can be beneficial.
PRP therapy, to a limited extent, is used as a way to speed the healing of broken bones. So far, it has shown no significant benefit and research is still in its infancy.
Are There Any Concerns Regarding Ortho House Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections?
Because PRP is given in the hopes of optimizing the initial inflammatory response of healing, anti-inflammatory medications should likely be stopped at the time of PRP treatment.
Also, PRP does contain endogenous growth factors, so some agencies consider it to be a performance-enhancing substance and forbid the injection of PRP within muscles; because of the possibility that the growth factors could enhance performance.
However, there are currently no data to suggest that PRP is actually a performance-enhancing substance. Major professional sports leagues have not yet addressed the topic of PRP.