What Is PRP Therapy?

Living with physical pain is a debilitating reality for millions of Americans. Sports injuries and degenerative conditions can seriously impact your quality of life, and the problem is only compounded when traditional treatments and medication do so little to reduce common afflictions. What if pain didn’t have to be a fact of life? Osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, tennis elbow, and various sports injuries don’t have to reduce your mobility.

A PRP pain center can offer you the best of modern medicine, with procedures that are proven to reduce pain caused by common injuries and conditions. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an effective solution for injury recovery, and can even treat age related degenerative disorders like arthritis and degenerative disc disease. Understanding the process of PRP will help you to see why this is often the best choice to gain control over conditions that you might have thought you would live with forever.

PRP Pain Therapy – How it Works

PRP pain therapy is a modern treatment that takes a sample of your own blood, and enriches it so that it can be reinjected to treat a wide range of conditions. Platelets are a compound in your blood that have traditionally been associated with blood clotting during wound healing. Today, we know that platelets are also responsible for distributing proteins that are used to promote growth during the process of tissue and bone repair.

During PRP therapy, a whole blood sample is extracted and treated with an anti-coagulant. This prevents premature clotting during the enrichment process. Enrichment calls for the use activators. These activators speed up the release of platelets in the blood sample, which is placed in a centrifuge to complete the process. The process can increase the platelet concentration by up to 500% of the initial platelet count.

The enriched blood is then injected into the site of pain or injury, and possibly around the area, depending on the severity or the nature of the injury or condition. Sometimes, a single treatment is all that is required to experience a noticeable difference within one week, however chronic conditions may require successive treatments before a noticeable improvement is felt. As with any medical treatment, results vary from patient to patient, and depend on your unique circumstances. Our initial consultation will allow us to determine the course of treatment that will be required, meaning that we can set reasonable expectations before the process begins.

Effectiveness of PRP Pain Treatment

Development of this type of treatment can be traced all the way back to the 1970s. The first known use of PRP therapy was recorded in 1987. Since then, we have had time to understand how the treatment works, and identify conditions that are well suited to PRP treatment.

For many sufferers of pain and injury, especially those who have been living with the conditions for an extended period, the results of a single PRP Treatment are nothing short of astonishing. If you’re living with any of the following conditions, and have become frustrated at the treatments available, or even the lack of treatments, then PRP pain therapy could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of arthritis that is characterized by a loss of mobility, inflammation, and associated pain. Anti-inflammatory medications are often used to alleviate symptoms, but these medications, especially NSAIDs, are sometimes dangerous when taken long term. PRP pain therapy can be carried out at the site of osteoarthritis in the knee, shoulder, spine, or hip.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition present in around 80% of all those who suffer from heel and foot pain. For some, the development of this condition can cause severe pain during the first steps of the day, or after long periods of resting. It’s a debilitating condition that can severely limit quality of life for sufferers. 10% of the population will suffer from this condition at some stage, and the onset can be sudden. PRP therapy can be used at the site of the injury to reduce pain and promote mobility, and is a safe natural alternative to steroid based treatments.

Ligament sprains and tendinitis are other conditions that are common throughout the population. Those who are older, less active, or involved in strenuous sports, are most at risk. If you’ve ever experienced a sprained ankle, you will know that the pain can be as bad as or sometimes worse than a bone fracture. Inflammation occurs rapidly, and can have you off your feet for days. Tendinitis can strike anyone, and is even a common occupational repetitive strain injury. It too can limit mobility and even impact your ability to perform the most basic tasks. PRP pain treatment is an ideal solution for these conditions, working at the site of injury to promote healing, reduce pain, and restore mobility.

Other conditions where PRP treatment provides excellent results are:

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Back and Neck Injuries

Plasma Injections are Safe, Effective, and Natural

Finding natural pain relief and injury recovery can be a difficult task. PRP injections provide a natural alternative that has been proven to work, and does so by harnessing and amplifying the healing processes that your body is already performing.

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