Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP, has gained world renown because of its effectiveness in tissue regeneration and wound healing for treating a wide range of medical conditions. If you would like to reduce or even eliminate your chronic pain, then PRP may be for you. Let’s look at who may benefit from PRP treatments and where you can go for PRP treatments near you.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy utilizes a patient’s own healing and tissue growth factors contained in their blood. Your blood contains many kinds of cells, one of which are called platelets. These cells contain healing factors that help form blood clots, or scabs, when you cut your finger.
So, platelets are very important in wound repair, and modern medicine has discovered that platelets can be taken out of the blood, concentrated, and injected back into patients at a site of injury and reduce symptoms such as:
- Slow healing
To obtain a qualified patient’s blood platelets, the doctor removes a small sample from the forearm and then spins it in a centrifuge, separating the platelets from the other parts of the blood, such as the plasma and red blood cells. The platelets are concentrated to about 10 times their normal amount in any given volume of blood.Then, the healthcare provider injects the concentrated platelets back into the patient at the knee, scalp, elbow, or other body part.
Over the next three to four weeks, the treated patient will experience a reduction in adverse symptoms and see quicker healing. Usually, PRP therapy patients need subsequent injections after their initial treatments.
Amazingly, PRP therapy causes no real adverse side effects, such as rejection or allergy. This is because the platelets are the patient’s own body tissue. PRP treatments are never derived from donor blood.
What Conditions Do PRP Treatments Help?
After a medical examination and review of symptoms, qualified patients receive their platelet-rich plasma therapy treatments right at NIVA Health. Usually, patients are adults who have a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, such as:
- ACL tears in the knee
- Tendonitis conditions, such as plantar fasciitis in the foot, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, and jumper’s knee
- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
- Shin splints alongside the tibia in the lower leg
- Ankle sprains, particularly repeat ankle sprains
- Muscular and tendon strains
- Arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis
Also, people with hair thinning and hair loss may benefit from PRP injections to hair follicles in the scalp. Some dermatologists who offer skin rejuvenation services may suggest platelet-rich plasma injections to areas of wrinkling and sagging on the face.
Finally, post-surgical patients may benefit from this regenerative medicine therapy. The patient’s platelets may reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation, and even prevent wound infection due to antibacterial substances contained within these versatile blood components. PRP therapy is said to help wound edges close together more quickly and completely.
PRP Treatments Near Me at NIVA Health
If you are interested in harnessing the powers of your own body to heal itself quickly and without surgeries or long courses of powerful pharmaceuticals, then come to NIVA Health for a consultation on platelet-rich plasma therapy. Our providers are very knowledgeable on PRP therapy and other alternative medicine services, such as electrotherapy for peripheral neuropathyand ultrasound-guided trigger point therapy for muscular pain and spasms.
Our healthcare providers are highly motivated to provide our patients with the latest and most effective natural treatment options. Call us at (866) 377-5872 for a helpful consultation at the clinic nearest you or request your appointment here. We look forward to hearing from you!