Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments are gaining popularity for various conditions, from sports injuries to hair loss. Much has been written about platelet-rich plasma and its potential effectiveness in treating injuries during the past several years.
Many famous athletes — golfer Tiger Woods, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and several others — have received PRP for various problems, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
We produce platelet-rich plasma from your own blood. It is a concentration of one type of cell, known as platelets, which circulate through your blood and are critical for blood clotting.
Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many essential factors for the special actions of your cells required for healing.
We draw blood from your body and use a machine to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood to create a highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma.
What Conditions Can PRP Treat?
Our doctors offer platelet-rich plasma therapy to address a wide range of painful conditions. One of the great things about PRP therapy is that it is all-natural. There are no drugs or artificial things going into your body. It is simply your own plasma that has been separated from the rest of the blood.
PRP therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that can provide immediate results as a pain relief solution. We can target painful areas using injections to minimize pain and assist in your natural healing process.
Because our treatment involves simple injections, you can get back to your life without the need for downtime. We provide PRP therapy for pain to treat the following:
- Knee pain
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Elbow pain
- Joint pain
- Hip pain
- Damaged or degraded cartilage
- Torn ligaments
- Plantar fasciitis
- Disc problems
- Bone issues
Another amazing thing that PRP therapy can do is rejuvenate cells to smooth and heal aging skin. As with pain treatment, it requires no downtime, making PRP an excellent alternative to cosmetic surgery.
PRP Reduces Scarring
When your body gets injured, it immediately starts working to heal itself. It starts to repair itself and sends new growth to the injured area.
This growth plays a role in tissue healing and regeneration, especially in the early stages of these processes. They help create new tissues, such as cartilage, collagen, and fibers and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in these tissues to improve healing.
When a tissue is injured and starts to heal, a large amount of blood flows to the area to move nutrients and various chemicals to the site to stimulate the healing process. However, this influx of components results in swelling and inflammation, which can then cause an increased risk of scar tissue formation.
Scar tissue forms in place of the original tissue, resulting in less tissue strength and functionality. PRP can help to reduce excess inflammation, reducing scar tissue formation, and encouraging healthier body tissues.
We are dedicated to helping you get out of pain and get back to feeling great again. PRP is an essential part of our toolkit of rejuvenating medicine.
Our goal is to help address pain using techniques designed to harness your body’s natural ability to heal, which is precisely what PRP does. The purpose of our clinic is to help as many people as we can live longer, healthier, pain-free lives without the use of surgery or drugs.
Craig Strickland, DC