If you have chronic pain or experience work-related or sports injuries, you can benefit from PRP therapy. Your provider can use PRP therapy in conjunction with other treatments to accelerate your healing so that you can resume your daily activities as soon as possible. If you are interested in exploring the benefits of PRP therapy, consult with your New Brunswick PRP therapy specialist today.
What do you need to know about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy refers to a form of regenerative medicine that utilizes your body’s growth factors to stimulate the healing process. It also involves using a concentration of your platelets to speed up the healing process of damaged body tissues. This treatment exposes the damaged tissues to a high concentration of platelets by injecting the solution into your body. Once inside your blood vessels, the solution promotes circulation, stimulates cell regeneration, and relieves inflammation. PRP therapy rarely causes any side effects because the treatment uses platelets from your own body.
What diseases does platelet-rich plasma therapy treat?
The Pain & Anesthesia Care specialists use PRP therapy to treat various musculoskeletal problems. You may not notice the results immediately after your treatment procedure, but its effects are long-lasting once you start seeing them. Your doctor may recommend PRP therapy for tendon injuries, torn ligaments, strains and sprains, osteoarthritis, pulled muscles, and torn ligaments. If you take longer to recover from orthopedic surgery, your provider may recommend PRP therapy to accelerate healing. This treatment is noninvasive, and the chances of complications occurring are minimal.
Is PRP therapy scientifically proven?
Most medical experts have been using PRP therapy for ages to speed up the healing process after surgery and relieve chronic pain and inflammation. However, most people were not aware of this treatment until recently; that is why they are skeptical about its safety and effectiveness. Some people believe that PRP is a risky procedure that may cause life-threatening complications. However, doctors believe that the method is safe because it uses components from your blood hence ruling out the possibility of your body reacting negatively to foreign components. Additionally, the procedure has been in practice for a long time without significant complications. Some of the positive effects you can obtain from this innovative procedure include:
- Short recovery time
- Long-term relief from joint pain and inflammation
- Relieves and prevents the progression of osteoarthritis
- Minimally invasive
How long does it take to notice the dramatic results of PRP therapy?
After your treatment, you may notice some mild swelling and slight pain at the injection sites, which should resolve within a day. Your provider may give you a set of instructions to help you recover properly and faster. PRP therapy promotes healing by stimulating cell regeneration to replace the damaged tissues, which may take some time. You may start noticing the desirable changes in your body after several weeks. Over time, you may experience improved mobility and a significant reduction in your pain. Experiencing the full effects of PRP therapy may take about three to six months.
If you are struggling with chronic pain, call the Pain & Anesthesia Care office or schedule your appointment online to begin your journey to wellness.