Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves using a patient’s blood to accelerate healing and treat chronic pain and tissue injuries. PRP therapy was initially a popular treatment for athletes who needed to quickly return to their sports after suffering from injuries or going through surgery. PRP proved not only to be effective but also an efficient, safe, and affordable treatment. As such, the treatment became increasingly popular among even those who were not athletes. Today, PRP therapy is offered to all patients who want to boost their healing speed, heal old injuries properly, recover from surgery quickly, and slow down the progression of conditions like arthritis.
Your blood contains platelets, which have growth factors. The platelets rush to the site of injuries to jumpstart the healing process and bring down inflammation. They also stimulate blood flow, which is a critical part of the body’s healing and repair process. PRP therapy involves injecting a concentrated form of plasma, which contains platelets, into a targeted area. The platelets trigger a healing response, which hastens the healing process. An injury or wound that would’ve taken months to heal will need significantly less time to heal now, as a result.
PRP Therapy Procedure
While the exact experience of PRP therapy will vary slightly from patient to patient, the process of getting the treatment is generally universal. It generally goes like this:
The first step involves taking your blood sample. Your doctor or nurse will extract a blood sample from your arm (similar to when you get blood drawn for a blood test). The blood sample will be placed in a centrifuge machine to separate its content. The platelet-rich plasma will become separate from the rest of the blood’s content in a little while. Your doctor will extract the plasma and use an injection to put it in whichever area of the body that needs treatment.
When your doctor injects the platelet-rich plasma into the target site, they may use imaging technology (i.e. ultrasound) to see inside the body and ensure the injection goes directly into the right area. If you are getting PRP therapy in a joint, it is very important to ensure the plasma enters the exact location that needs treatment.
After PRP therapy, you may feel some soreness or minor pain. However, you should be able to resume your daily activities immediately. Over the next several days, an inflammation response will happen in the treated area, which will cause some pain and soreness. This step is only temporary and is actually proof that the treatment is working. Over the following several weeks, the inflammation will go down, and you will notice a speedy recovery to not only the temporary symptoms caused by PRP therapy but also the previous symptoms you had been feeling prior to getting the treatment done.
PRP Therapy in Washington and New Mexico
Lynx Healthcare offers regenerative medicine treatments to patients with chronic pain caused by injuries and post-surgery healing. Our compassionate regenerative medicine physicians and health care specialists believe in using state-of-the-art treatments to help you heal.
If you are interested in finding out how PRP therapy can improve your condition, call Lynx Healthcare at (509) 591-0070 or request an appointment now. Our friendly team of physicians and staff look forward to serving you in one of our multiple locations across Washington and New Mexico.