Pain Management

June 22, 2015

When Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy the Right Treatment for You?


If you are one of the millions of individuals affected by joint, nerve, or muscle discomfort, platelet-rich plasma therapy may be the best course of treatment for your condition.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP), a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure, can potentially speed the healing process in many chronic conditions and injuries. By extracting a small sample of the patient’s blood, spinning it in a centrifuge, and then injecting the resulting platelet-rich plasma into the affected area, PRP Therapy is believed to jump-start the body’s natural healing process.

How Is PRP Prepared?
To prepare the plasma, blood is drawn from the patient. The platelets are separated from the rest of the blood cells and put through a process called centrifugation, which increases the platelets’ concentration. These platelets are then mixed with the remaining blood and introduced to the injury.

Medical research is still researching how exactly PRP therapy works. Treatment seems to be most effective in knee osteoarthritis and chronic tendonitis.

The entire process takes about ten minutes in a doctor’s office. Current regulations require that PRP be used at point-of-care. For health reasons, the plasma cannot be reused or stored, so you will have to visit your doctor directly for regular treatments.

What Conditions is PRP Therapy Most Effective in Treating?
PRP therapy works in conjunction with the natural healing process. Because your own blood is used, there is little risk of infection or allergic reaction. This makes it an especially safe and effective procedure for treating ligament sprains and osteoarthritis conditions.

While studies and clinical results are mixed, results vary according to the individual and the type of injury being treated. PRP therapy is especially effective for chronic tendon injuries such as tennis elbow and Achilles tendonitis. Ask your physician if PRP therapy might relieve your joint or tendon pain.

As PRP therapy is researched further, we expect to see it more commonly used in all areas of soft tissue and joint damage. Call (877) 918-7020 to make an appointment with Arkansas Surgical Hospital now.

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