What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a conservative and holistic approach to increase the healing speed of damaged tissues. PRP uses super concentrated platelets and is commonly done to complement other procedures or on specific localized chronic pain issues.
How is PRP therapy administered?
A qualified professional will draw a small amount of blood and spin it in a centrifuge, isolating the platelets. The site of injury is then treated using the PRP preparation. PRP is carefully injected into the injured area combined with local anesthesia. This will trigger the body’s natural healing process, basically initiating the immune response.
It is expected to experience pain for the first two weeks after the procedure, however pain is reported from mild to minimal.
Benefits of PRP Therapy
PRP Therapy may be used to improve healing after surgery for some injuries. The ultimate goal of PRP is to eliminate pain through healing while providing results that last. Research studies have shown that PRP therapy can be effective in relieving pain and helping patients return to their normal lives.
Who May Benefit from PRP Therapy?
PRP is often used as therapy in the following conditions and may help improve the following:
- Pain due to joint arthritis of the shoulder, hip, thumb or knee
- Chronic tendonitis in the elbow, hip, knee, foot and ankle
- Tendon injuries
- Ligament sprains
- Sports related muscle tears
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Facet joint injuries inducing spinal pain
- Sciatica caused by a herniated disc or spinal stenosis