Can PRP Therapy Help Me?

Pain is a serious and widespread problem in the United States, with chronic pain alone impacting up to 40% of adults. Unfortunately, this common problem not only restricts mobility and daily life, but it also takes a toll on a person’s physical and emotional health. 

The good news is that you can find relief from innovative therapies, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which can reduce or eliminate pain by healing your body on a cellular level. And, since this regenerative therapy relies on the healing properties found in your own blood, it comes with few risks.

In this blog, the pain management specialists at Valley Pain Centers explain how PRP therapy can reduce pain and support the healing process.

What is PRP therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a type of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine focuses on harnessing healing properties found within the body and using them to reverse damage or disease.

When you undergo PRP therapy, we draw a sample of your blood. Then we put your blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the rest of your blood’s components. Platelets are special because they contain growth factors, which promote healing, cell division, and tissue generation. 

By concentrating the platelets, the resulting serum becomes 5-10 times more potent than regular plasma. Then we inject the serum into the part of your body that needs healing. Once it’s injected, it goes to work immediately, helping to speed healing and regeneration.

Using PRP therapy to heal the body

Unlike pain medications that mask symptoms, PRP triggers new cell production at the injection site. This process activates the healing and tissue remodeling process. And, as new and healthy cells regenerate in the area, you can experience improved function and decreased pain. 

We recommend PRP therapy for numerous conditions, including:

Platelet-rich plasma therapy can also support the healing process when used during surgery.

When to consider PRP therapy

Since PRP therapy uses your own blood, it comes with few risks. We can perform this treatment during a routine office visit, and you can typically return to your regular activities immediately. As a result, it provides a safe and effective solution for most individuals. 

However, it’s important to note that PRP therapy doesn’t provide immediate pain relief. Instead, your symptoms decrease as new cells return to your injury site.

To determine if PRP is right for you, we’ll give you a thorough evaluation. If you’re a candidate for PRP therapy, we’ll tell you what you can expect and how many injections you may need.

At Valley Pain Centers, with three convenient Arizona locations in Phoenix, Peoria, and Scottsdale, you are never a number. Your consultation, examination, and treatment are always administered by a highly qualified physician. When it comes to regenerative therapies like PRP therapy, we have experienced physicians who can help you, including Toure Knighton, MD, Jin Yuk, MD, and Patricia Henthorn, DC, DAAMUAP. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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