Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

What is PRP Therapy and How Does It Work?

PRP Therapy (platelet-rich plasma) is an intriguing in-office procedure that allows doctors to inject PRP into an injured location while also stimulating our bodies’ natural ability to recover. Doctors can extract PRP from a patient’s own blood using PRP therapy. This plasma is separated in a centrifuge and then injected back into the afflicted area of a patient to promote speedier recovery. PRP contains a high concentration of growth factors that can help the body mend itself and reduce pain in a specific region.

PRP Therapy's Benefits

PRP therapy can be beneficial to patients. Benefits of the procedure include:

  • Non-surgical treatment
  • Minimal intrusion
  • After the first or second injection, patients usually notice a significant reduction in discomfort.
  • Your body is triggered to heal itself in a certain location.
  • The natural growth factors in PRP aid in healing.
  • Recovery time is little to none.
  • Outpatient surgery
  • PRP is made from the patient’s own blood.
  • PRP Therapy Can Help With These Conditions

PRP therapy may be beneficial.

  • Sports-related injuries
  • Chronic discomfort
  • Injuries to the spine
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and lupus are examples of autoimmune diseases.
  • Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and Alzheimer’s disease are all neurological disorders.
  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Respiratory illnesses

How Does PRP Work?

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is human blood that has been isolated from the blood cells using a centrifuge. The blood in our bodies is made up of 93 percent red blood cells, 6 percent white blood cells, and 1 percent plasma and platelets. Platelets are our bodies’ inherent defenses that aid in the healing process. Platelets are sent to the wounded area as the body’s first response to tissue injury. These cells are well known for their clotting capabilities, but they also naturally provide an extraordinary healing component for muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints.

We use concentrated numbers of healing platelets and distribute them to regions of the body that need rapid healing utilizing PRP therapy. Platelets initiate the healing process by attracting Regenerative Therapy to the damaged site. We can inject these natural healing platelets into tendons, muscles, ligaments, and joints with PRP therapy because we can pinpoint the specific location of the lesion.

PRP therapy is a practical, time-saving, and effective outpatient treatment option. Many patients return to their usual lives with little to no recovery time due to low downtime and rapid procedures. The number of injections varies depending on the particular condition of each patient, but usually ranges from two to six injections spaced out over time.

After the first or second injection, patients usually notice a significant reduction in discomfort.

To find out if PRP Therapy is correct for you, call us at (515) 204-2860.

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