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What Is PRP Therapy?

Imagine being able to repair damaged body tissue and treat degenerative bone diseases like osteoarthritis without having to resort to invasive surgery. It’s not only possible, but already being done with the non-invasive, cutting-edge treatment known as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.

PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that promotes long-lasting healing of certain musculoskeletal conditions without the risks and long-term outcomes associated with surgery. For those seeking pain relief and healing for chronic conditions, PRP may be right for you. Here is more of what you need to know about PRP therapy, and why it may prove a very good option to jump start your body’s natural healing process.

How PRP Therapy Works

PRP therapy involves your doctor collecting your own blood’s platelet-rich plasma, then injecting it back into the area that is injured so it can heal faster. The doctor does this by extracting a small amount of your own blood, then placing that sample into a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma and other healing factors from other components in your blood.  The now concentrated platelet-rich plasma is injected into and around the point of injury, where the healing factors within the PRP start to initiate healing and regenerative repair of the damaged area.

The Procedure

PRP therapy is an outpatient procedure that takes about one to two hours, which includes preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in your doctor’s office, PRP therapy helps relieve pain without the risks or possible complications of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays, and without a prolonged period of recovery. Since only a needle is used, there no stitches are necessary. As a matter of fact, most patients can return to their jobs or usual activities immediately following the procedure.

Treatment

Designed to resolve pain through healing, PRP therapy has been known to have lasting results. Up to three PRP injections may be administered within a six-month time frame, usually performed two to three weeks apart. Initial improvement is often seen within a few weeks following the treatment and gradually increases as the healing process progresses. In fact, patients have been known to gain significant or complete relief after the first or second injection.

Usages

PRP therapy has been shown to be particularly effective as a treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip and spine. It also shows promising results for rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis and ligament sprains.

Benefits

Besides providing pain relief and healing, PRP therapy can eliminate the need for surgery and prolonged recovery. It may also serve as a treatment for those who are not suitable candidates for invasive surgery. With PRP there are no scars or risk of accumulation of scar tissue. Plus, since the patient’s own blood is used, there’s no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of an allergic reaction.

Lynx Healthcare offers PRP therapy and has already seen excellent results in patient with chronic joint problems. To learn more about this revolutionary treatment and whether you are an appropriate candidate, make an appointment at one of our clinics in Oregon, Yakima, Tri-Cities or Goldendale by calling us at (509) 591-0070. You can also contact our Spokane clinic at (509) 321-4575. We look forward to seeing you and helping you maintain your healthy, active lifestyle.

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