Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a very useful method for healing injuries in the body. Orthopedists are having great success with PRP therapy as it utilizes the body’s own natural ability to heal itself and the results have been great. The procedure can delay or completely eliminate the need of surgery and other treatments for a lot of people.
What is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy initially started out as a tool in sports medicine. When athletes got injured or needed surgery, it would take a long time before they had healed and could return to their sports. PRP therapy after injury or surgery helped heal athletes significantly faster than they would have on their own. This helped them get back on their feet and back to playing their sports a lot quicker. Because of the success seen in sports medicine, PRP therapy is now offered in all types of medical fields to solve a host of health problems. Today, orthopedists use PRP therapy to reduce or eliminate pain and bolster healing in injuries that stopped healing for all types of patients.
To perform PRP therapy, your doctor will take a small amount of your blood and use a centrifuge machine to isolate the platelet-rich plasma from the blood. The plasma is then inserted into the problem area of your body via injection. Once inside, the platelet-rich plasma works on healing damage in the area by using its growth factors and regeneration abilities.
One of the biggest benefits of PRP therapy is the safety it offers. Unlike a lot of other treatments, PRP therapy involves your own blood. There are no foreign substances entering your body as part of this treatment. Because of this, you don’t have to worry about adverse reactions to the treatment. PRP therapy is so safe that it is often used as a post-surgery treatment.
Additionally, because PRP therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure, you do not have to worry about incisions and stitches. PRP therapy is completely administered via injections – first, to draw your blood and second, to inject the PRP into the area needing treatment. This greatly reduces your risk of infection. Not to mention, you won’t have to deal with pain associated with trauma to tissue like you would have to with surgery.
You also do not have to stay at a hospital to get this treatment done. It can be done in a regular in-office visit with your doctor. Once your treatment is over, you can go about your day. You may feel some soreness, but this is temporary. This means you don’t have to worry about hospital stays, taking time off work, and disturbing your daily routine.
PRP Therapy in Austin, Cedar Park, and Marble Falls, Texas
If you are experiencing pain and want to check if PRP therapy may be a useful treatment for you, contact the experts at Balcones Pain Consultants. We have a lot of experience treating all types of orthopedic pain using state-of-the-art treatments like PRP therapy. For more information or to request a consultation, call (512) 834-4141.You can also request an appointment online.
Balcones Pain Consultants are your trusted pain management experts, with three locations to serve you in Austin, Cedar Park and Marble Falls.