one more weapon against physical trauma

PRP and radiofrequency combined: the new weapon available to specialists in restorative treatments after physical and sports trauma.

The use of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is certainly not a novelty in the scientific field when specialists in regenerative medicine and surgery have to deal with muscle strains, partial tendon, osteoarticular and meniscal lesions. The real novelty lies in the application of PRP and radiofrequency. The new combination actually increases the ability of stem cells to “come into play” where they are needed: where there is damage and needs to be “fixed” quickly.

“PRP – for the benefit of the more than 22 million Italians who engage in regular physical activity and may suffer various accidents along the way – is a local, almost painless treatment often used in the recovery of injuries to muscles, bones , ligaments and joints The so-called growth factors released by PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) – explains Professor Eugenio Caradonna, President of SIMCRI (Italian Society of Multi-Specialty Regenerative Medicine and Surgery) – facilitate the implantation of stem cells in circulation at the damaged point: cells which then come into action promoting the repair of tissue damage in association with the resident stem cells. Hence the innovation which shows how, by combining radiofrequency, the patient’s recovery is even faster and more complete”.

There are many people, mainly amateur sportsmen, who every day, not only by subjecting their bodies to too severe tests, remain “victims” of pain – 21% of the population of our country suffers from it – or inflammatory problems. So that’s what treatment can do for the case and prove to be decisive: from small injuries caused by returning to enjoying the outdoors once the Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed.

Treatment that doctors also recommend during the post-operative rehabilitation phase: provided that it is indicated by a physiatrist or a sports doctor.

“The PRP- adds Professor Bruno Amato, from the Federico II University of Naples – it is also used in chronic ulcers in diabetes and in other pathologies such as plantar fasciitis and osteoarthritis, problems that are increasing due to the progressive aging of men and women. Open wounds – he points out – represent a real emergency from an epidemiological point of view. It is therefore necessary to develop more and more effective procedures: PRP and radiofrequency are the case”.

Then there is the aesthetic aspect, not to be underestimated. “Another field of application – comments Dr. Giuseppe Scarlino of the Mediterranean Medical Center of Taranto – is medical aesthetics. Platelets are a great support for cell renewal and allow you to ‘work’ both on classic imperfections – see wrinkles – and on more serious diseases: for example, airy and androgenic alopecia”.

But where does PRP come from? “The answer is simple: a blood sample is taken which is then centrifuged to obtain Platelet Rich Plasma. Second, the PRP –explains Dr. Antonio San Martino of the Carlo Fiorino Hospital in Taranto – it is injected into the site of the lesion; then the radio frequency is activated in order to reinforce the effect”.

PRP and radiofrequency will be discussed in the coming weeks, in Taranto, on the occasion of the national conference “Regenerative Medicine Today” organized by SIMCRI.

Marco Valeriani

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