Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is generally used to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as joint pain and osteoarthritis, hair loss, and skin rejuvenation. The treatment uses the patient's own blood cells to accelerate healing in a specific area.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP consists of plasma, or the liquid portion of blood, and the platelets that are a type of blood cell that play a vital role in healing the body. Platelets are known for their clotting abilities, but they also contain growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration or healing in the treated area. PRP is simply blood that contains a higher concentration of platelets than normal. To create PRP, clinicians take a blood sample from the patient and place it into a centrifuge that rapidly spins the sample, separating out the other components of the blood from the platelets and concentrating them within the plasma.
What can PRP Therapy be used for?
PRP injections may be used to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as tendon, ligament, muscle, and joint injuries as well as the pain associated with osteoarthritis. Chronic injuries can often take a long time to heal so incorporating PRP injections to a treatment plan can help stimulate the healing process, decrease pain, and speed up recovery times. PRP therapy can also be used to treat hair loss. PRP injections can be effective in treating male pattern baldness by preventing hair loss while promoting new hair growth. PRP Therapy can also be used with micro needling facials to promote skin rejuvenation as anti aging treatment or on the various areas of the skin to help decrease the appearance of scar tissue.
What to expect from PRP Therapy
PRP Therapy can help support wound healing in trauma and joint injury. The therapy can address male pattern baldness, stimulate the growth of hair transplants and enhance other cosmetic procedures. The results of platelet-rich plasma therapy are most noticeable after several weeks for joint injections and six months for scalp injections, and are not permanent. Patients may require an initial series of injections followed by periodic maintenance injections at the discretion of your healthcare provider. Because PRP uses a patient's own tissue, PRP injections are safe and can be administered alone or used in conjunction with other procedures. Since the procedure involves a blood draw, make sure you are properly hydrated and have eaten prior to your treatment to prevent lightheadedness. If you are considering PRP therapy, be sure to talk with the Nurse Practitioner or Chiropractor about all of the benefits and risks. Call Hands On Health Wellness Center at (972) 306 1400 to book your consultation to see if PRP therapy is right for you.