Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a medical procedure that helps the body heal faster from injuries and surgical procedures. Medical professionals have used PRP therapy since the 1990s to help elite athletes heal quicker so they can return to the playing field. After success in sports medicine, the procedure became popular for the general public. If you are seeking a way to manage your pain and heal injuries like the pros, PRP therapy may be a great option for you. But how does PRP therapy work?
Using your body to heal itself
To perform PRP therapy, your doctor will take a small amount of blood from your arm and put it through a centrifuge to isolate the platelet-rich plasma – the PRP – from the rest of the blood. The isolated PRP is then injected into the injured area. The doctor may use an ultrasound as a guide when injecting the plasma so it is inserted exactly in the desired location. There is no incision made throughout the procedure. Additionally, because the treatment involves your own plasma as treatment, the chances of infections, diseases and complications are minimal. After the procedure, you will need rest, followed by appropriate physical therapy to get the injured area back to normal performance.
Platelets: Nature’s Super-healers
Platelets play a big role in tissue repair. The concentrated PRP speeds up the healing process where it is injected. The plasma then releases growth factors that encourage reparative cells to do their job faster, expediting the healing process. The plasma triggers an inflammatory response in the area where it’s injected, which tells the body’s healing system to do its job by increasing blood flow, cell growth, and tissue regeneration in the area. PRP therapy allows the body to heal the way it is meant to heal but at a faster speed.
A Variety of Applications
PRP therapy can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems, chronic pain and the diseases that cause them, hair loss, and cosmetic procedures, to name a few. This treatment not only is good for recently incurred injuries, but also for chronic conditions that have been around for years. The PRP can serve as a kick-starter for the body’s healing system and encourage it to do its job even if it hasn’t in years. Because this procedure involves using the body’s own plasma, PRP therapy can be a versatile solution to an ever-growing list of medical issues.
Dealing with pain and waiting for the body to heal naturally can be a long and frustrating process. One of the greatest benefits of PRP therapy is that the healing results are permanent because the body actually heals its injuries.
If you are looking for a way to make your healing process go faster, PRP therapy may be the solution. Balcones Pain Consultants can help you find the right treatment for your pain or injury recovery. Call 512-834-4141 to make an appointment at one our three locations in Austin, Cedar Park, and Marble Falls.