PRP is made up of blood components — platelets — that are rich in proteins, or growth factors. Platelets are the component in your blood that help it clot when you have a cut, but since they contain growth factors, they are important for healing other types of injuries, as well. PRP is plasma that contains a high concentration of platelets to help promote healing, such as in your soft tissue after a sports injury, or for a chronic condition.
To create PRP, your medical provider first draws a small amount of your own blood, then separates the platelets from the other blood cells. When placed in a centrifuge, the process increases the concentration of platelets within the blood plasma. It is this platelet-rich plasma that your provider uses to inject into your injured tissue to help promote faster healing.
PRP therapy is ideal for tissue healing after an injury, like an Achilles tendon, pulled hamstring, or for degenerative conditions like knee osteoarthritis. Once injected into the area of your body that needs healing, the PRP may reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and may help your body generate new, healthy tissue. Since your body’s healing response includes sending stem cells to relieve pain from an injury, PRP injections can work to enhance this process.
As a result, you may get relief from pain, increased mobility, and reduced joint stiffness so you can continue with your daily activities of life.
PRP is often highly effective at treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, making it the perfect complement to active therapies. Your medical provider may recommend PRP injections for conditions including:
PRP therapy is a natural treatment option, and since it comes from your own body, it is considered a low-risk procedure. If you have tried other treatments for a chronic condition, or you have a painful injury and need to heal faster, PRP therapy may be right for you.
To learn if PRP may help you get long-term pain relief and improved mobility, call to schedule a consultation with the knowledgeable team at BodyWorks Medical Center, or use the convenient online booking tool.