Your Body Has the Amazing Ability to Heal Itself!
In recent years, there has been a huge amount of research dedicated to exploring the body and it’s ability to heal itself. Scientists have discovered “Platelet Rich Plasma” (PRP) therapy holds the key to unlocking the natural growth factors that are in your own blood. These multi-potent cells accelerate the healing process and can improve chronic or acute joint pain, osteoarthritis, cartilage loss, ligament injuries, muscle sprains or tears, and tendon issues.
PRP has been used for wound healing, in dentistry and by plastic surgeons for years. You may have heard about elite athletes recovering from severe injuries in a very short time as a result of PRP therapy. This progressive therapy is now being recognized as a viable alternative to more invasive treatments. The providers at Medical Specialists are proud to offer this innovative therapy.
The treatment begins with a technician taking a small sample of your blood from your arm. The blood is then put in a state-of-the-art centrifuge and spun down so that the platelets are separated from the red and white blood cells. A chemical is added to the extracted platelets to ignite the growth factors and reparative cells that are contained in this specialized cytoplasmic material. The platelets are then injected into the injured area and the body’s magical ability to repair itself is set in motion. There may be soreness and inflammation initially around the injection sites, as the body’s immune response is triggered and this is the way the body responds to injury. It is important to rest and protect the area during this time, which is typically one to two weeks. After that the area should continue to improve and the full results are seen in six to eight weeks as the body continues to heal.
PRP therapy reduces inflammation and pain, and stimulates regeneration of tissue. It is a very advanced, minimally invasive way to treat a variety of musculoskeletal issues. Whether your pain is a result of wear and tear on the body, a recent injury, or if you are recovering from some type of orthopedic surgery, PRP may help. We invite you to come in for a consultation to discuss your specific needs. Our providers will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs with the goal of providing optimal results.
If you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee, hip issues, shoulder pain, ankle problems, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, or any type of soft tissue injury we invite you to find out more about this remarkable treatment that may be able to help you avoid surgery or another more invasive treatment. If you have had surgery PRP may help speed up the recovery time. It can be used in conjunction with other therapies including physical therapy.
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