Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and Amniotic cells injections are used to facilitate or accelerate the healing of tissues. They are naturally regenerative substances that facilitate healing, reduce inflammation, and stimulate tissue growth.
These treatments are safe treatments that do not require the use of medications or drugs. They perform several important functions in the body including hair growth, skin regeneration, boosts the production of collagen, healing of bones and joints, and more.
What is Platelet-rich plasma injection
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves the use of concentration of a patient’s own platelets to facilitate the healing of tissues such as injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. The concentration of your own platelets is injected into the treatment area to facilitate healing.
PRP injections is relatively a new regenerative treatment that is now used for several reasons and treatments ranging from hair growth, wound healing, skin regeneration, joints healing, and many other treatments.
How does PRP injection work?
Platelets are blood cells that play several roles in the body. One of the many roles is to promote blood clotting in cases of injuries or skin cut. It also contains proteins in the blood that facilitates the healing of wounds.
Doctors found out that by injecting a high concentration of platelets into the affected area, it encourages tissue healing and reduce inflammation.
How it is done?
Samples of blood will be taken from your body with a syringe and deposited into a centrifuge. The centrifuge will be spun at a very high speed to separate its components. The platelet-rich plasma will be harvested and then injected into the area of your body that needs treatment. The very high concentration of platelets then speeds up the healing of the damaged tissues and reduces inflammation. It encourages faster healing time.
PRP is a very safe treatment because it involves using a person’s own platelets. There are no adverse reactions or side effects. There may be minor pain, irritation, or bleeding at the injection site. This will normally subside after some minutes.
You can go back home and resume your normal activities almost immediately after having a PRP injection.
What is Amniotic cell injection
Stem cells, proteins, cytokins, and other important compounds contain a high concentration of amniotic fluids. Amniotic fluids can be harvested in large amounts during childbirth. This is because the amniotic fluid is the fluid in the amniotic sac that covers the fetus during pregnancy. The fluid is usually thrown away after a woman has given birth. Consenting mothers can decide to donate this fluid during cesarian sections.
The amniotic fluid has amazing regenerative abilities. It is a fluid with naturally regenerative cells that contains growth factors which reduce inflammation, scars, stimulate tissue growth, and stem cell activities. It also contains hyaluronic acids which promote the growth of cartilage and also acts as lubricants to lubricate the cartilage joints.
What is contained in the amniotic fluid
The amniotic fluid contains a large amount of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that stem from the fetus.
These mesenchymal stem cells have a higher expansion potential than the ones from the bone marrow. More new tissue cells can be derived from the amniotic fluid.
These mesenchymal stem cells have increased stability and plasticity compared to adult stem cells. This allows them to develop into healthier cells that are needed for tissue repair.
The amniotic stem cells can be used to reconstruct birth defects such as diaphragmatic hernias in children. It can also be used to repair premature amniotic membrane rupture during pregnancy.
What can amniotic cell injection be used for?
Amniotic cell injection can be used for the treatment of several conditions which include:
- Soft tissue or intra-articular injuries
- Achilles tears
- Tendon or ligament tears
- Sacroiliac pain
- Joint pain in the knee
- Joint pain in the shoulder, fingers, wrist, ankles or toes
- Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Wound healing
- Hip pain
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
Is Amniotic stem cell injection safe?
Amniotic stem cell injection is a very safe treatment. There is no risk of rejections in patients. You may only feel minor pains and irritation at the injection site. More than 10,000 injections have been performed and no adverse side effects have been reported.