What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
Doctors utilize platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for a multitude of reasons. Researchers theorize that by injecting areas of inflammation or tissue damage with high concentrations of platelets, it can encourage wounds to heal. It works by taking damaged cells and mixing them into a concentrated mixture of your own blood to stimulate healing and target stubborn injuries. This therapy is used to help reduce inflammation, too.
How it Works
First, a sample of blood will be taken from the patient and put into a specialized device that will spin at a very high rate of speed. While spinning at high speed, the platelets become separated from the other components in the blood. The concentration of platelets is then taken and injected into a specific area of the patient that needs treatment.
What Are the Benefits?
Healing – PRP therapy was first used on patients healing after jaw and plastic surgeries. Now, it can be used to promote healing in patients who suffer injuries to their tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
Inflammation Reduction – PRP therapy can help to reduce inflammation because it can target joints that have become painful and stiff.
Promotes Hair Growth – Doctors have injected PRP into the scalp, as a way of reducing the inflammation that can lead to hair loss.
What Are the Side Effects?
Most people will not feel any side effects from PRP therapy. Although, some people may feel mild nausea and dizziness after the blood draw. Most people can resume their normal activities almost immediately after having a PRP injection.
Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Right for You?
PRP is a promising therapy for those who experience tissue damage or hair loss. Make an appointment at Stem Cell Institute PA today and see if platelet-rich plasma therapy will be right for you and your needs.