Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
PRP therapy uses components of the body’s own blood cells to formulate a customized therapy comprised of platelets and growth factors that stimulate the natural healing process.
The Body and Platelets
The body’s first response to any soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Filled with healing and growth factors, platelets jump start the repair process and attract the essential aid of stem cells. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy’s natural healing process magnifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets through a simple injection.
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is associated with reduction in pain and faster healing, and has lower risks and lower costs than surgery. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a rapidly emerging technique that is showing exciting potential, particularly with soft tissue injuries such as to tendons and ligaments.
How Can PRP Therapy Help Me?
A main benefit of PRP therapy is that it provides pain relief and healing and can eliminate the need for surgery and prolonged recovery. It may also be used as a treatment for some people that are not good candidates for surgery. New studies are showing that when Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is combined with HGH injections the healing and rejuvenation process is improved greatly.
PRP Therapy is a low-risk minimally invasive procedure. It uses the body’s own cells and natural biological healing process. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) that is injected into and around the point of injury jump-starts and significantly strengthens the body’s natural healing process. Recovery with PRP therapy is often much faster than with surgery. Because your own blood is used, there is a very low risk of allergic reaction or transmission of disease.
PRP injections are a much simpler procedure than surgery. PRP Injections are short office procedures. To complete PRP therapy, a sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and the blood is then spun at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around the point of injury. No stitches are necessary since just a needle was used.
The PRP Procedure
The PRP injection procedure takes under an hour, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in the doctor’s office, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure. Up to three or more injections may be given within a 3-month time frame, usually performed two to three weeks apart. You may, however, gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second PRP injection.
The goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through natural healing. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Studies have shown PRP therapy to be effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal activities and daily lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.