Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is an exciting area of regenerative therapy that harnesses the power of your body’s natural healing ability. It’s also an area of specialty at The Holton Center for Integrative Healthcare, in Metuchen, New Jersey. If you’d like to explore the possibilities of PRP therapy in more depth, call the office today to set up a visit. Online booking is also available and can be done at your convenience.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a solution created from a small amount of your own blood. The process begins with a simple blood draw, similar to what occurs when you have blood work done.
The next step is placing the blood sample into a device called a centrifuge. This spins the blood at a high rate of speed, causing the solid components to separate from the liquids. Your provider then removes the isolated platelets and reintroduces them into the plasma.
Your platelets enable blood clotting. They are also filled with proteins called growth factors. Research suggests these promote new cellular development and also reduce inflammation.
Preparing PRP is not a lengthy process. Once ready, platelet-rich plasma is injected into painful or inflamed joints.
One of the biggest benefits of PRP therapy is the potential to achieve lasting pain relief without relying on drug therapy. While medication certainly has a place in treating some conditions, this approach comes with numerous risks, including troublesome side effects and addiction.
Research has shown that many men and women are able to reduce joint pain and restore proper function using PRP. This can avoid the need for invasive surgical procedures, which have a risk of complications and extensive recovery times.
Platelet-rich plasma isn’t right for everyone, but it does offer a safe and effective treatment option for many conditions, including:
PRP therapy is often performed in conjunction with other treatment options.
Some men and women experience a swift reduction in joint pain soon after PRP injections. This is likely due to the anti-inflammatory properties of platelet-rich plasma. The more noticeable improvements, however, take weeks or even months to develop.
Research suggests that platelet-rich plasma triggers your body to produce new cells, and that process does not occur overnight. During your consultation you’ll learn more about what to expect after your treatment and can also learn ways to support and strengthen your joints while your body works to repair the damage.
If you have questions about the role PRP therapy might play in your chiropractic treatment plan, call the office today to book a visit. Online scheduling is also an option and takes just moments.