What Is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. PRP is a non-toxic substance that is created by non-surgically separating a patient’s own blood into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets using a centrifuge. Once separated, the platelets are isolated and injected to the site of injury or skin lesion. The platelets help blood clot and also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are important for healing injuries. PRP contains 5-10 times more platelets than what is typically found in blood. This valuable high concentration of platelets and growth factors promotes healing and can potentially regenerate joints, soft tissue, tendons, and cartilage.
What can PRP be used for? PRP therapy has five main uses:
- Orthopedic, or pain management focus
- Aesthetics, for acne or facial scarring
- Hair regrowth
- Sexual health
- Injury repair
Most patients experience results after 2 weeks and optimal results after 3-6 treatments (6 weeks between each treatment). Many patients are able to avoid surgery when using this treatment option. Notably, there are minimal side-effects, which include irritation at the injection or draw site and joint stiffness or muscle soreness. Additionally, there is little to no downtime following PRP procedures, simply limited exercise 3 days after the injection. Talk to one of our practitioners today to see if PRP therapy is right for you.
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