What Is PRP Therapy and How Does it Work?
Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and run through a special centrifuge to separate out the components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma, platelet-poor plasma, and white blood cells.) Platelets and plasma play an essential role in the body’s response to injuries and help with the healing process, especially with reducing inflammation in the joints and tissues. Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP injections), involves the injection of platelets and plasma directly into a painful or injured site. The platelets then release enzymes to promote healing and tissue responses, including attracting stem cells and growth factors to repair the damaged tissue and help with regeneration. Platelet Rich Plasma injection therapy helps patients recover by decreasing inflammation, pain, and help to create the formation of natural, healthy tissue instead of scar tissue.
The full procedure may take between 15-45 minutes. Often 2-3 treatments are advised, however, more or less may be necessary depending on the individual and the condition being treated. It may be recommended that treatments be done once a year after the initial series of PRP treatments in order to continue regeneration and maintain or enhanced results.
PRP’s safety has been established for over 20 years for its wound healing properties and its theoretical effectiveness has extended across multiple medical specialties, including cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, podiatry, ENT, neurosurgery, dental, urology, dermatology, and cosmetic surgery. Because plasma-rich platelet therapy is autologous (using your own blood) it eliminates the allergy potential. PRP treatments have shown to have tissue regenerating effects. Other benefits include minimal downtime, safe with minimal risk, short recovery, and no general anesthesia is required.
What Conditions can be Treated with Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy in Debary?
There are several common health conditions that can be treated using platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). Some of these include:
Tendinitis: Tendons help connect the body’s muscle tissue to bone and tendinitis is the term used to describe long-term inflammation at this insertion site. This can be incredibly painful and can make it hard for someone to move.
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a chronic bone disease that develops from the inflammation of one or more joints. This inflammation can limit the range of motion of the affected joint and cause significant discomfort.
Rotator Cuff Injuries: A rotator cuff is a group of muscles that surrounds the shoulder’s ball and socket joint. Rotator cuff injuries can take many forms and can make it hard for someone to raise their arm over their head.
Aesthetic: Hair growth, decrease wrinkles and improve skin elasticity
In addition, platelet-rich plasma therapy has also been used to help with recovery following certain types of surgery.
What Symptoms are Treated with Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
There are several ways that the injuries discussed above might present. These symptoms can be treated using platelet-rich plasma therapy. Some of these symptoms include:
Knee pain, which could be a sign of a knee sprain, tendinitis, or even osteoarthritis
Shoulder pain, which is one of the hallmark signs of a rotator cuff injury
Foot pain, which might be a sign of a sprain, strain, or even plantar fasciitis
Elbow pain, which might be a serious sprain, strain, or tendonitis such as golfers or tennis elbow
Hip pain, which could also be a sign of osteoarthritis or bursitis
Why Choose Health in Motion Chiropractic and Wellness
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP therapy) is only one of the many treatments that our regenerative medicine professionals can provide to our patients in need. At Health in Motion Chiropractic and Wellness, our highly skilled team has been providing top-notch care to the individuals and families of the Volusia and Seminole communities. It is our goal to help keep you active, healthy, moving, and enjoying life. We provide same-day appointments and free consultations.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us call (386) 320-0325. We look forward to hearing from you.
We know that every patient’s situation is unique and we advocate for their needs. Because of this, we specifically tailor every PRP treatment plan to meet your unique needs. We make sure that you and your family understand your treatment plan before moving forward. Please reach out to us today to learn more about how our regenerative medicine specialists can help you recover.