What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)? Have you heard of it? PRP, in recent years has been on the rise in popularity as high profile athletes have begun accessing this treatment for their injuries. There are various ways in which PRP can be utilized, whether you are suffering from arthritis, have been injured while participating in athletics, or are considering PRP for its’ anti aging benefits, PRP may be the right form of treatment for you.
PRP doctors have compiled some of the most common questions asked by those considering Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy as a form of treatment:
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a relatively new course of treatment that may benefit patients in a wide range of ways. It is believed that plasma from your blood has healing properties that can help in generating growth of new cells to help in healing injuries.Through the process of removing your blood and putting it through a centrifuge, platelet rich plasma can be extracted for injection. PRP may come with a variety of benefits as it utilizes the body’s own properties to heal the affected area of the body such as:
- Less invasive procedure that may offer a faster recovery
- Help to manage pain
- May help heal common ailments within the joints
- A fairly quick procedure that can be completed in an office
What can PRP help treat?
There are a number of things that may be beneficial through PRP treatments. Because PRP is relatively new, there is still research being done to determine other ways that it may be utilized. Currently PRP may be utilized to treat the following:
- Hair Loss
- Anti Aging
- Spinal Injuries
- Muscle Injuries
- Tendon Injuries
How long will the procedure take?
PRP procedures may occur over the course of several weeks. Speaking with your doctor may be helpful in determining the proper time frame for treatment. There can be variations to how many injections you need and for how long based on how you respond to treatment and the reason you are seeking PRP. Following each treatment, your provider will follow up with you regarding how you have responded to treatment and whether any of your pain has dissipated. An entire procedure in the office, from start to finish is relatively quick. Although the actual injection may not take much time at all, the entire visit should take anywhere from 1-2 hours to complete.
How soon can I return to physical activity?
This is one of the most common questions we are asked, especially by athletes. Determining the length of time before you can return to physical activity varies depending on how your body responds to PRP. While most people are able to return to work, it can take a bit of time before you are able to return to playing sports. You will probably be expected to refrain from playing sports or exercising for at least a week. For some, this time frame can be extended and may take several weeks before you are ready for more intensive activity.
Are you considering PRP as a treatment method for an injury you are suffering? As this form of treatment has grown in popularity, you may have a number of questions surrounding the benefits. A doctor can provide you with a consultation and assessment of your injuries to help determine if PRP Bethesda residents choose at the Pain Arthritis Relief Center is the right form of treatment for you. Contact our clinic today to speak with a member of our team, we will be happy to assist you in making the most informed decision regarding your treatment needs.