Why Everyone is Talking About the Healing Power of PRP

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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a cutting-edge regenerative medicine technique that’s gaining fast acceptance as treatment for a wide range of injuries, conditions, and surgical applications. PRP has gained ground through its use by star athletes as a fast and effective way to recover from and repair sports injuries. Arthritis sufferers are now looking to PRP for reduced pain and greater mobility.

Perhaps the best part of PRP therapy is that it’s a non-surgical, drug-free treatment that uses your own blood as the source of active healing agents. While there’s still plenty of research pending on the universal effectiveness of PRP, it’s already producing dramatic results for many, and its safety as a procedure helps it grow in popularity.

The power of platelets

You probably know platelets as the blood component that starts clotting when you’re bleeding. That’s a crucial function, but it’s not all that platelets do. As well as closing wounds, platelets provide some of the raw materials needed by your body for repairing such damage. Regenerative medicine focuses on the growth factors provided by platelets.

These growth factors occur naturally, and your body supplies them to injury sites through normal blood flow. The theory behind PRP is that additional growth factors, injected at the location of an injury, can speed healing and recovery by contributing more of the natural resources provided by platelets.

Creating platelet-rich plasma

The PRP injectable serum starts with about a tablespoon of your blood, about the same amount taken during a standard blood test. The platelets are then separated, re-combined with a small amount of plasma, and then the PRP serum is ready for use. This serum has between five and ten times more platelets than your normal blood.

The inherent safety of PRP therapy is that it’s an autologous treatment, meaning that it’s derived from your own body. There are no drug-related side effects or risks of allergic reaction.

Complementary treatment

Not only does PRP produce an accelerated healing response for many patients, it’s an ideal complement to other treatments and procedures. Stem cell therapy often benefits from the presence of additional growth factors. PRP also speeds healing after surgical procedures, and there may come a time when PRP becomes a standard component of post-surgical recovery.

Unlike pain injections, PRP isn’t simply a mask for pain symptoms. Pain relief comes from faster healing of the underlying condition. Potentially, this may lead to long-term results and even improvement in your condition, depending on your case’s level of advancement.

Conditions treated with PRP therapy

There’s already a long list of conditions for which PRP has had success, by both accelerating healing and reducing pain symptoms. These conditions include:

If you’re experiencing chronic pain from one of these conditions, or if you simply want to speed healing or reduce pain during recovery, contact any of Premier Spine and Pain Management’s locations. Call or use our convenient online booking tool to make an appointment today.

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