What Is PRP Potomac Pain Sufferers Recommend?
Once used exclusively by professional athletes to help heal painful injuries, platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is now available to everyone – from the “weekend” athlete to patients who suffer from chronic conditions like arthritis. PRP therapy is being used to help with healing of soft tissue and has also been shown to be effective for hair growth.
The team at Pain Arthritis Relief Center in Potomac are excited to offer our patients this non-invasive treatment option and would be happy to meet and discuss how PRP therapy could help treat your injury or chronic condition.
How Does Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Work?
Platelets are cells in our blood which help do several things. Platelets promote blood clotting when a person is cut. They also help those cuts or other types of injuries heal. Multiple studies have shown that by injecting platelets directly into an injured area, healing can be accelerated.
When a patient comes to Pain Arthritis Relief Center for PRP therapy, we use their own blood to create the concentrated platelet plasma that will be used for the injection treatments. A small sample of blood is taken from the patient – similar to the amount taken for a routine blood test.
This sample is then taken and put into a device that operates at high speed, spinning the sample in order to separate the platelets and the red blood cells also contained in the blood sample. This device is called a centrifuge.
The concentrate platelet plasma is then injected into the injured area. Since the platelets are in concentrated form, the healing process is sped up.
What Conditions Can PRP Therapy Help With?
There are multiple injuries and conditions that platelet rich plasma therapy can be used for. These include:
- Tissue healing: PRP therapy is effective in healing injured ligaments, muscles, and tendons.
- Reducing inflammation: Conditions like arthritis cause inflammation, which results in stiff and painful joints. PRP therapy can be used to reduce that inflammation.
- Hair growth: Hair loss is often caused by inflammation of the scalp. PRP therapy can help reduce that inflammation, which promotes hair growth.
Are There Side Effects from PRP Therapy?
Most patients who undergo platelet rich plasma therapy need several treatments over an extended period of time, depending on the area of the body where the damage is and how badly that damage is. Many patients find pain relief begins after just one or two injections.
Since these treatments are non-invasive, side effects – if any – are minimal. Some patients do report some pain or irritation at the site of the injection. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, however, patients need to avoid any anti-inflammation medication because of the possible side effects. The majority of patients can resume normal activities right away.
Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Me?
If you would like to find out if PRP Potomac patients trust could help treat the injury or condition that you are dealing with, contact Pain Arthritis Relief Center today to set up a free consultation.