PRP or platelet-rich plasma injections have been increasingly gaining in popularity in the medical field, and for good reason. These treatments can help improve mobility, decrease inflammation, and alleviate pain within the body.
Not to mention, due to the natural components of the injections, there is minimal downtime following the procedure and little to no side effects associated with it. PRP is especially beneficial for those suffering from a chronic condition or trying to avoid invasive surgery.
Ailments Commonly Treated by PRP
Platelet-rich plasma therapy has been known to treat a host of conditions within the body, most commonly pertaining to damage or degradation, recovery after surgery, and aesthetic purposes.
- Nerve Damage
The healing components in PRP can assist with healing nerve damage or injury sustained from peripheral neuropathy, sciatica, or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Muscle, Joint, Ligament, and Tendon Issues
PRP can help treat osteoarthritis, pulled or strained muscles, as well as back and spine conditions. Whether sustained over time or acutely, it can also improve upon tendonitis or chronic tendon injuries, including tennis elbow and torn rotator cuffs.
- Post-surgery Healing
While PRP treatments are particularly effective for those trying to avoid surgery, at times, surgery cannot be avoided and comes with an arduous healing period. PRP injections can assist in a patient’s healing and minimize recovery time.
- Cosmetic Concerns
Others seek PRP injections as a natural way to improve their appearance. It is used in cosmetic facial procedures meant to increase collagen production and battle the signs of aging, including vampire facials and micro-needling. Platelet-rich plasma injections have also been used to encourage hair growth for hair loss and conditions such as alopecia.
What to Expect from the Procedure
First, to isolate the platelet-rich plasma, clinicians take a sample of the patient’s blood and place it into a device called a centrifuge that rapidly spins.
This separates out the other components of blood from the platelets, concentrating them along with the plasma.
The doctor then numbs the area or areas to be treated with the PRP and injects it into the ailing site. The plasma, which is primarily composed of water and protein, is most notably known for its clotting ability and is fundamental to the body’s healing process.
Therefore, when targeted at a specific area of concern, the presence of growth factors and other components go to work, greatly enhancing the body’s natural regenerative power and capacity.
The procedure involves little to no subsequent downtime, with patients often able to immediately return to their normal, day-to-day activities. Treatments are often fast-acting as well, with many noticing significant relief within 3-4 weeks and an even more pronounced improvement in pain and swelling over the course of a few months.
It is important to recognize, however, that each patient has unique medical needs and may require fewer or additional treatments to achieve their intended results.
If you think PRP may be the right fit for you in your journey to better health and wellness, give us a call today at (931) 651-1918. Our clinic is happy to offer you a free consultation and assist you in the next steps of your process.