Benefits of PRP
There are several benefits to using a patient’s own PRP to treat muscle, tendon, skin, ligament, and scalp conditions, including:
- A quick, simple, and painless procedure
- Safe and effective treatment using platelets that are derived from the patient's body
- Minimal risk of allergic reaction
- Zero side effects or recovery time
- A non-invasive procedure that's more convenient that surgery
How Does PRP Help Heal The Body?
Increased blood flow and platelet delivery to the injured area is the body’s first response to soft tissue damage. Platelets are packed with healing and growth factors that initiate repair, and they naturally attract stem cells to the injured site to further stimulate healing. PRP therapy supercharges the body’s healing process by delivering a purer and higher concentration of platelets to the affected area.
To prepare the PRP serum used in the procedure, a small sample of your blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge. The blood sample is then spun at a rapid speed to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. This produces a highly concentrated sample of plasma rich platelets and purer forms of other beneficial blood components such as growth factors. The entire process is similar to a lab test, and it’s usually carried out manually by a lab technician. Once the PRP sample is prepared, Dr. Childers will inject it into the affected area to initiate and enhance the healing process. The risk of transmissible infections or allergic reactions is removed because your own blood is used for the procedure.
What are the Expected Results from PRP Therapy?
Resolving tissue damage and chronic pain through healing is the primary purpose of PRP therapy, so the results often prove to be long-term. Most patients experience initial signs of healing and tissue regeneration within the first few weeks of treatment, and those improvements gradually increase as the repair and healing process continues.
Clinical research and preliminary studies have shown that patients can respond positively to PRP therapy and resume normal, pain-free lives. Diagnostic images via ultrasound and MRI have confirmed accelerated healing and definitive tissue repair following PRP therapy. PRP also has the potential to slow or stop tissue damage completely before injuries reach an irreparable stage, thus significantly reducing the need for surgery.
Will Everyone Benefit from PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is natural and safe because the procedure concentrates platelets from your own blood and injects them back into areas where they’re needed, thereby minimizing the risk of infections and other adverse side effects. While most people are ideal candidates for PRP therapy, Dr. Childers’ recommendations for treatment will ultimately depend on your goals. If he feels that PRP therapy will not provide your desired result, he may suggest a complementary or alternative treatment to adequately address your condition.