Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are being used more frequently to treat people suffering from osteoarthritis. Doctors attend training offered by an organization like the Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) before returning to their practices to begin offering procedures to patients. The important thing to note is that the training they receive is critical to the effectiveness of PRP therapy. In short, ‘how’ is just as important as ‘what’.

The ‘what’ of PRP therapy is related to the material being used to actually treat a patient. The ‘how’ relates to how that material is utilized. Both are equally important. It doesn’t do a doctor or his/her patient any good to look to PRP injections if those injections are not applied properly. Doctors trained by ARMI learn how to do it correctly.

How PRP Therapy Should Be Practiced

A doctor relying on PRP therapy to treat osteoarthritis is doing so with the understanding that PRP is rich in growth factors and nutrients. PRP material can act as a medical jump-starting technique, if you will, to encourage the patient’s body to better heal itself.

Practicing PRP therapy should always be done with the utmost concern for patients. First and foremost, doctors should discuss at length whether the therapy is appropriate for a given patient or not. Both doctor and patient should agree that it is the right thing to do before treatment commences.

Next, doctors should be using safe and proven techniques for the blood draw that will produce the material used for treatment. That material should be processed in a specialized centrifuge and according to FDA guidelines that define the extent to which material can be manipulated without further approval.

Finally, a doctor should be using imaging equipment to make sure injections are deployed at the proper locations. For PRP therapy to be as effective as possible for osteoarthritis, the material needs to be injected directly into the joint capsule. When treating musculoskeletal injuries or persistent wounds, injections must be made in precise locations if those treatments are to be successful.

Doctors who do not properly process material or use imaging equipment to guide injections are not giving their patients the best chances of success. If doctors are trained properly, they will know how to do things the right way.

How PRP Therapy Helps

The concept behind PRP therapy is so simple that a lot of people have a hard time believing it works. Yet the beauty of the therapy is in its simplicity. By using material the patient’s body produces naturally, doctors are helping biological repair systems do what they are already supposed to be doing, only better.

As previously mentioned, PRP is rich in both growth factors and nutrients. When injected directly into the site of injury or disease, these growth factors and nutrients do a number of things. First, they signal the body that it is time to begin the repair process. Second, they provide the necessary fuel to jump-start the process.

As an interesting side note, PRP therapy is not a new procedure. Surgeons have been using it for decades to promote wound healing after surgical procedures. That is important to note as it explains that medical science already understands the healing power of PRP. We are now just beginning to utilize it to treat osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal injuries.

Anyone planning to undergo PRP therapy needs to understand that the ‘how’ is just as important as the ‘what’. Patients should make a point of seeking out doctors who have been properly trained and who follow all the right procedures.