What Makes PRP Therapy So Effective

Regenerative medicine therapies, like platelet-rich plasma (PRP), are becoming more and more popular. Chances are, you've heard of PRP by now. You might even be wondering whether it's really effective. Medical researchers and physicians are continuously studying and testing the efficacy of PRP, and right now, the evidence points towards yes. PRP is an effective therapy. 

What exactly is PRP?

PRP is a serum made from your own blood that your provider uses to kickstart and support your body’s natural ability to heal itself. The human body is a miraculous machine. Regenerative medicine, such as PRP therapy, allows you to tap into your physiological potential. You not only find relief from painful conditions but you repair and generate new tissue, which provides long-term solutions to a variety of health and age-related problems. 

How does PRP work?

During a PRP treatment, your provider draws a sample of your blood. They separate the solid and liquid parts of your blood with a centrifuge. Then, they recombine your platelets and plasma in a serum that has five-10 times more platelets than a normal sample of your blood.

Then, they inject the PRP serum into your injured or damaged tissue. For example, they might use PRP in a treatment plan for back pain, tendinitis, arthritis, or to help you recover after an operation. The serum floods your injured tissue with the growth factors and proteins your body needs for tissue repair.

The team at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville often combine PRP therapy and stem cell therapy to optimize the healing process. Mesenchymal stem cells differentiate into whatever type of cell your body needs to repair itself. Your provider combines the treatments to deliver even more of the tools you need to recover from an injury or degenerative condition.

Why is PRP so effective?

You might already know that your platelets help your blood clot and stop bleeding. But these powerful cells are also rich in the growth factors and other proteins that your body needs to repair and grow new cells. 

If you have an injury, your body is already at work trying to repair it. A PRP injection floods your damaged tissue with the nutrients it needs. Additionally, the injection itself can stimulate your body’s healing response and accelerate your healing process. 

Our team incorporates PRP therapy into personalized treatment plans to address issues including:

Additionally, PRP therapy can accelerate the healing process after surgery. The treatment also has anti-aging applications to restore the appearance of your skin and stimulating hair growth. 

What are the benefits of PRP for healing?

PRP is a drug-free treatment that not only relieves pain but also helps your body recover. It doesn’t mask your pain; it solves its root cause. Some of the other healing benefits of PRP therapy include:

PRP therapy increases the health and vitality of the cells and tissue that make up your body. New blood vessel growth ensures that your body receives fresh oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to continue the healing process.

And finally, there are almost no side effects associated with PRP therapy. You may find that your injury is slightly sore and red for a day or so after your injection, but this is a sign that the PRP therapy is working.

When your body responds to the injured tissue and begins the healing process, there is a brief period of inflammation. It subsides within a day or so and you should see an improvement in your condition over the following weeks.

If you’re interested in PRP therapy and other innovative regenerative medicine treatments such as stem cell therapy, contact our office today. Our team will provide comprehensive exams to ensure that PRP therapy is right for you.

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