What is PRP therapy?
Platelets are small solid components that are present in your blood. They help your blood clot, but they also contain many proteins called growth factors, which help promote cell growth and help injuries heal. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, which contains many more platelets than blood usually has. This therapy allows doctors to isolate and increase growth factors in platelets and use it to treat specific areas.
What are different types of PRP therapy treatments?
PRP therapy is used to treat a wide variety of injuries as well as medical conditions. It can also be used for cosmetic applications.
- Hair loss
- Facial wrinkles and other signs of aging
- Acne scarring
- Chronic tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow
- Acute ligament and muscle injuries, such as pulled hamstring muscles
- Osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, or spine
- Back and neck injuries
What happens during PRP therapy?
Blood is drawn during the treatment, and by using a process called centrifugation, concentration of platelets and their growth factors are increased. This new solution is then re-combined with the remaining blood sample and carefully injected into a specific area on your body to improve injuries or other damage. This helps jump-start your body’s healing process. The process usually takes a few hours from start to finish, including the time needed to prepare the new concentration. Relief from pain or other desired results often begin to show within three weeks to three months.
What are the advantages of PRP therapy?
PRP therapy has a wide variety of advantages:
- Versatility: It can be used for many purposes, including healing and to rejuvenate areas for cosmetic purposes.
- Non-invasive treatment: PRP can sometimes eliminate the need for surgery, and it involves none of the surgical risks such as general anesthesia, a hospital stay, or extended recovery.
- Results: The procedure could have lasting results rather than just offering temporary relief from symptoms.
- Utilizes your own plasma: PRP therapy uses your own plasma and platelets to stimulate the healing or rejuvenation process.
Who makes a good candidate for PRP therapy?
Most people are good candidates for receiving PRP therapy, but it may not be recommended if you have any of the following conditions:
- Medical issues that could worsen with injections, such as an active infection
- Some blood and bleeding disorders
- Undergoing anticoagulation therapy that can’t be temporarily paused
This video presentation helps explain the process:
If you or someone you know, are tired of dealing with pain or other problems that PRP may help and would like to find a solution we are happy to offer to you a free consultation to see if PRP might be right for you.
Call our office at 304-225-9356 or schedule your FREE consultation to learn more.