Platelet-rich plasma (or PRP) therapy has become a popular way to treat various orthopedic conditions. PRP consists of plasma, which makes up the liquid in your blood, and platelets. The body uses platelets to clot your blood, but also contain growth factors that are highly beneficial for the body’s healing process.
The healing benefits of PRP therapy are far-reaching. We’ll discuss them in greater detail below.
How PRP is Administered
To obtain PRP, a clinician will take a small sample of your blood and place it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from other components in the blood. This creates a concentration of platelet-rich growth factors that can be used for regeneration and cell reproduction.
Once your clinician obtains PRP from a blood sample, it can be locally injected into targeted sites according to your condition. Targeted PRP therapy encourages healing and can be utilized for the following:
- Post-operative healing
- Chronic back and joint pain
- Sport injuries
- Hair loss
- Skin rejuvenation
The Benefits of PRP For Tissue Healing and Regeneration
Research shows injecting PRP into a localized site reduces discomfort, swelling, and pain. The growth factors found in concentrated platelets have been shown to speed up healing, resulting in shorter recovery times and improved outcomes.
Since PRP is acquired from your own blood, there’s a low risk of adverse reactions. It’s also often a beneficial alternative to surgery for musculoskeletal conditions caused by sports injuries and osteoarthritis. Although these injuries are often challenging to manage without surgical intervention, PRP therapy has been shown to support the regeneration of joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
If you’re suffering from persistent joint pain, it may be time to consider PRP therapy. Regenerative Orthopedic Institute in Florida specializes in the regeneration of tissues utilizing PRP therapy. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!