PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, therapy is a revolutionary therapy that nearly everyone is a candidate for. From joint injuries and pain caused by sports to torn ligaments and arthritis stemming from genetic disorders, PRP injections can treat it all. At Phoenix Regenerative Medicine, we don’t believe surgery is always the answer. We’d like to present an alternative treatment.
PRP Injections: What to Ask a Doctor
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Your blood is made up of four primary components. Plasma is the liquid that most people correlate with blood. But there are three solid components – red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma. Best known for clotting blood, platelets are also composed of hundreds of proteins known as growth factors.
By concentrating the platelets, you concentrate the growth factors. Consequently, the growth factors can be five to 10 times richer than usual. Concentrated growth factors stimulate tissue repair and regenerate damaged, torn or weakened joints and ligaments.
Are PRP Injections Safe?
PRP injections are incredibly safe and effective. With over a million platelets per microliter, the site of your injury or pain will benefit from the healing power of platelets without risk. This is possible because the platelets come from your own plasma. There’s no chance your body will reject the treatment for being a foreign substance.
What Does PRP Therapy Entail?
The first step in PRP therapy is drawing your blood. In a centrifugal machine, the platelets are separated from other blood cells and highly concentrated. This platelet concentration is put back into the drawn blood and carefully injected into the affected area. The concentrated platelets speed the healing of ligaments and tendons.
Why is PRP Therapy So Popular?
PRP is so popular because it is so useful. It can be used to hasten healing after surgery. But it is also an effective alternative to surgery, especially when used with physical therapy. In some cases, such as with a torn tendon, the injured area may be treated with PRP during surgery. This technique is truly revolutionary.
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PRP therapy is a safe, effective, hassle-free alternative to surgery and the perfect complement to physical therapy and other treatments. Would you like to learn more about PRP injections and how they can improve your life? If so, talk to the friendly professionals at Phoenix Regenerative Medicine during your initial consultation at our office in Tempe. Contact us today to book your appointment.