Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an exciting regenerative medicine procedure that uses the innate healing properties of your own blood to promote healing of injuries and relieve pain. At Balanced Health Medical Center, PLLC, in Washington, D.C., board-certified naturopathic doctor Kirt Tyson, NMD, CPBN, FAAOPM, uses PRP to treat injuries to ligaments, tendons, and joints. To learn more about PRP, call or click today.
One of the components of your blood is platelets. When your body is injured, platelets rush to the area and stop the bleeding by making your blood clot. The platelets then do another essential job: They activate healing.
Your platelets are full of “growth factors,” proteins that help in the healing of injuries and development of new tissue. PRP is a concentrated mixture created from a sample of your own blood that’s exceptionally high in platelets.
In PRP treatments, Dr. Tyson injects the concentrate into the area of an injury. PRP has shown great promise as a treatment to help injuries heal more quickly, and is especially popular among athletes to treat conditions like tennis elbow and pulled hamstrings.
PRP can improve joint pain, inflammation, and swelling from injuries to your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. PRP may also provide pain relief from chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis.
At a PRP treatment appointment, Dr. Tyson or a member of his staff first draws a sample of your blood. Then, the sample goes in a centrifuge, a machine that rapidly spins the sample to separate the components of your blood, a process that takes about 15 minutes.
After the platelet-rich plasma is separated from your blood sample, you receive an injection into the treatment area. Dr. Tyson may use ultrasound imaging to find the precise location of your injury and determine where exactly to inject the PRP.
The entire procedure, including drawing your blood and preparing the PRP concentrate, takes about 40 minutes. You’re able to return to your daily activities right after undergoing the procedure, and because you’re receiving an injection of a substance taken from your own body, there’s little to no risk of an allergic reaction.
The purpose of PRP treatment is to help your injury heal more quickly, so you may not feel immediate pain relief following your first treatment. Within 4-6 weeks, you should expect to see significant progress in the healing of your injury and be in less pain.
Depending on your condition, you may need multiple injections of PRP to get the results you’re looking for. Dr. Tyson develops a personalized PRP treatment plan after examining your injury.
To find out more about how PRP can help you recover from an injury and reduce your pain, call Balanced Health Medical Center or use the online booking tool today.