You may have heard of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy before but may not know exactly what it is or how it works. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered up some fast facts about it and why you may want to give it a try.
PRP therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that involves the stimulation of new cell growth. It improves upon the body’s natural ability to heal itself – without introducing chemicals or other foreign substances. It is a unique and safe minimally invasive therapy alternative for patients with musculoskeletal problems such as joint pain and tendon injuries.
How PRP Therapy Works
The blood is composed of four main elements: white and red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. In PRP therapy, it’s the platelets that boost healing in an area of the body. Platelets are made up of growth factors and proteins that can help with blood clotting, promote healing, and reduce pain and inflammation at a target location.
During a PRP procedure, blood is drawn from a patient, spun in a centrifuge to separate and concentrate the level of platelets. This platelet-rich concentrate is then reinjected at the patient’s area of injury. Over the next few weeks, cellular turnover and healing in the area should improve, which can ultimately address your symptoms.
The cost of PRP therapy can range from $500 to $2,000. However, in some cases it can help a patient avoid the costs and downtime associated with surgery, so PRP therapy can ultimately prove to be quite cost-effective.
Some of the many benefits of PRP therapy include:
- Stimulates Hair Growth: PRP therapy can help stimulate inactive hair follicles to grow hair. The regrown hair often comes in thicker than before, restoring your hair’s full, lustrous appearance. Patients have used PRP therapy on their scalp as well as the eyebrow area.
- Lightens Dark Circles Around the Eyes: PRP therapy can promote new cell growth in the skin around the eyes, helping to brighten dark circles around the eyes.
- Rejuvenates Facial Skin: PRP therapy can stimulate skin cells to make more collagen, effectively plumping sagging skin of the face, as well as helping to minimize or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.
- Speeds Tissue Healing: PRP therapy is particularly helpful to boost the speed of healing in an area, especially for injuries that can otherwise take a while to heal such as chronic tendonitis, ligament sprains, and muscle strain.
- Relieves Knee Arthritis Pain: People diagnosed with osteoarthritis often report symptomatic relief including reduced inflammation and joint pain after PRP therapy.
- Reduces Back Pain: PRP therapy, when used to address strains and sprains affecting the back, can improve the dispersal of weight pressure on your spinal, increase spinal stability, and reduce associated back pain.
Experience PRP Therapy
If you have a musculoskeletal problem, PRP therapy may be able to bring about faster relief from your symptoms. Consult your doctor about whether PRP therapy is right for you. At Lynx Healthcare, we offer one-of-a-kind medical services from our experienced health specialists. Call us at (509) 591-0070 or visit our multiple locations in Washington and New Mexico. You can also fill out our appointment request form now.