The steady advance of medical science in recent decades has led to tremendous breakthroughs in disease prevention and pain treatment. Patients are receiving better diagnoses, improved outcomes and enjoying the benefits of treatments that were simply not available before. At the forefront of this progress is a new wave of minimally-invasive, interventional treatments that not only reduce pain and other symptoms but also promote healing in diseased or damaged cells, leading to outstanding patient outcomes. Of all these breakthrough treatments, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is one of the most compelling.
Employing cutting-edge technology, combined with proven medical science, this treatment uses the patient’s own donated blood to promote and intensify healing inside damaged joints or connective tissue.
While your blood is a liquid, the plasma contains solid components including white and red cells and platelets. While one of the primary purposes of platelets is to clot blood, these components also contain numerous “growth factor” proteins which are vital to healing. These “cytokines” and other growth factors are necessary to regenerate soft tissue such as protective cartilage and connective tissue.
During the PRP treatment, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient. That sample is spun in a specialized centrifuge to separate growth factors and stem cells from the red and white blood cells. The result is a super-concentrated, super-healing, platelet-rich plasma with up to ten times the platelets (growth factors). This concentrated plasma is then injected into the area where the patient is experiencing pain.
From the moment of injection, PRP goes to work repairing and replacing healing cells. Patients report noticeable pain relief in a few weeks that lasts for months, sometimes longer.
Doctors have been using Platelet Rich Plasma in surgeries to regenerate cells for more than 30 years. In that time, the treatment has been found to be effective in treating a number of other medical conditions and symptoms.
Used in sports medicine and orthopedics to reduce pain and speed recovery from injury and surgery, the positive outcomes associated with Platelet Rich Plasma led to the use of PRP to treat chronic pain, as well as beauty aesthetics, urinary disorders, male or female pattern baldness and sexual dysfunction.
Chronic Tendonitis — PRP is well-documented in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries, including tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis and patellar inflammation.
Degenerative Disc Disease — PRP has been shown to benefit patients dealing with pain, weakness and other symptoms related to spinal disc degeneration.
Herniated Disc Disease — PRP has been used to reduce pain and inflammation resulting from spinal disc herniation.
Osteoarthritis — PRP has been successful in reducing pain and inflammation caused by wear and tear to joints including the knee, spine, hip, elbow and shoulder.
Hair Loss — PRP has been effective in addressing symptoms of both male and female pattern baldness.
Sexual Dysfunction — PRP has been shown to help address issues with age-related sexual dysfunction in both men and women, including erectile dysfunction (ED).
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Many patients opt for Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy because it is a proven effective, natural and minimally-invasive alternative to many other pain treatments, including surgery. PRP offers a real solution for patients suffering from moderate joint pain, including Osteoarthritis, who may have to consider surgery without this option. For patients suffering from acute, chronic or debilitating pain, PRP may also delay the need for surgical intervention.
Because this treatment uses the patient’s own blood, risks of infection are incredibly small. In addition, because this procedure is minimally-invasive, the patient will not face many of the risks associated with traditional pain-management surgery.
While some rest is recommended following the procedure, patients should be able to return to normal activities soon.