Too many people live in constant pain and discomfort due to injured tendons, muscles, ligaments, and joints that heal slowly or not at all. If you can relate, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy might be for you. PRP injections shuttle platelets, white blood cells, and stem cells to the area of the injection. This “jump starts” the healing process, stimulating the body to address older injuries like they are new.
Here at Integrative Health & Rehabilitation, we proudly provide Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy to help promote healing within your body. Say goodbye to suffering – feel better today with us on your side! Learn more about PRP and what it may have to offer you.
The PRP Basics
PRP injections are made from the patient’s own blood through strict, sterile means. Once centrifuged, the activated platelets are drawn from the sample and injected into the injured tissue. This releases growth factors that attract and cause the rapid multiplication of restored cells. Depending on the area being treated, ultrasound imaging may be used to guide the injection.
How Can It Help?
The body’s first response to a soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. These cells stimulate white blood cells, stem cells and fibroblasts which are all vital to healing injuries. PRP is used to intensify the body’s natural healing process by strategically placing a higher number of platelets into the problem area.
PRP has been known to reduce the effects of or completely resolve a variety of conditions, including:
- Osteoarthritis of the knees, shoulders, hips, and spine
- Rotator cuff tears
- Chronic plantar fasciitis
- ACL injuries
- Pelvic pain and instability
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Ankle sprains
- Ligament sprains
If you are suffering from any of the above complications, PRP may be a good fit for you. Repeatedly injected into the target area, PRP jump-starts and strengthens the body’s overall healing potential.
Please note that because PRP operates using your own blood, there is no risk of transmittable infection. While allergic reactions are possible, they are rare.
What to Expect
This procedure typically requires one hour to complete, including preparation time. Each session will take place in a quiet, sterile space. Most patients are able to return to their normal daily routines immediately after their appointment. Although frequency of care varies based on the individual, up to three injections will be given within a six-week period. Acupuncture and LLLT are often combined with PRP therapy to maximize your response to PRP injections.
Why Try PRP?
Following injury, one of the first type of repair cells to travel to the problem area are platelets. Platelets are rich in many different growth factors that help attract other repair cells, including neutrophils, monocytes, fibroblasts. Also known as “worker” cells, their presence allows normal healing to occur. PRP can relieve the pain of your injuries without the risks associated with general anesthesia or recovery from surgery.
Unfortunately, our tendons and ligaments have a very poor blood supply, which leads to incomplete or severely-delayed healing. PRP helps to drive natural healing into specific dysfunctional areas of the body – ultimately, allowing the body to renew tissue faster with as minimal pain and discomfort as possible.
What do activated platelets do? They give the body the much-needed growth factors that encourage old tissues to heal. This allows the creation of newer, healthier muscles, ligaments and tendons. PRP provides fast relief and sustainable results to people of all ages. Not only does it relieve pain at the source, but it gives the body the tools it needs to fully heal.
What Does a PRP Treatment Plan Look Like?
Because every injury is different, treatment plans can vary dependent on the type and location of your injury. Most treatment plans will consist of the following:
- A comprehensive evaluation by one of our nurse practitioners
- Digital X-rays of the affected joint(s)
- Three PRP injections, performed with ultrasound guidance
- Three Low Level Laser Therapy treatments
- One-on-one physical therapy with a Doctor of Physical Therapy
Learn More Today
Research and clinical practice shows the PRP can help a variety of conditions. With the help of PRP, Integrative Health & Rehabilitation is able to help patients return to their normal lives.
There is no reason to continue living in pain. Before you commit to surgery, come in to see us and give Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy a try. It could very well be the answer you have long-awaited. Contact us to learn more today!