You’ve probably read online about PRP therapy. In its most news-worthy forms, PRP is used as a hair growth treatment and as a type of cosmetic treatment known sensationally as the “vampire facial”.
But platelet-rich plasma has medical applications which professional athletes have touted the benefits of for years. PRP is also a viable treatment for people suffering from chronic pain.
So, is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy right for you in 2018? Let’s examine the information to see if it’s a fit.
How Does It Work?
You’ve probably read about golf icon, Tiger Woods using PRP to treat injuries. Also, Rafael Nadal, the tennis star, has turned to the treatment.
PRP therapy uses the healing power of your own blood. When spun in a centrifuge, plasma is rendered by separating it from other components. PRP can help your body regenerate tissue, thereby serving to reduce and even resolve pain.
Used to treat all types of inflammation, including arthritis, PRP’s applications for pain relief and elimination are virtually endless.
Requiring no surgery, this minimally-invasive therapy is turning heads in the medical community. Injected into areas where pain is experienced due to inflammation and soft tissue injury, PRP is gaining ground as an effective pain relief strategy.
But it’s also being used to ease the pain of surgery, care for wounds and to heal fractures.
A Natural Treatment Model
PRP therapy deploys the processes of your own body to heal and repair. Because it’s completely natural and derived from your own blood, there’s no risk of any adverse reaction.
There’s also no need for surgery to achieve the benefits of PRP therapy or the incisions, anesthesia and recovery time that come with it. Its minimally-invasive nature also assures that there’s no risk of infection – the most common surgical complication.
The one proviso here is the fact that there will be an increase in pain for several days following the procedure. But with each that passes, pain decreases. Within 2 – 6 weeks, notable improvement will be seen, with results lasting for as long as 9 months.
With PRP, healing is expedited. Acute injuries which usually require much more healing time have been proven to experience renewal much more quickly with this therapy.
When prescribing PRP therapy, your doctor will weigh several factors, including your overall health. The status of the injury (chronic or acute) and its location are also considered. The therapies you’ve attempted before will be factored in as well.
Even though PRP therapy has been used since the 1970s, insufficient evidentiary support still precludes it’s being covered for reimbursement. But cost for the treatment is manageable, at between $500 and $2,000, depending on your location, physician and the site of the injury/pain being treated.
That said, research bearing out the effectiveness of PRP therapy is accumulating rapidly, so it’s well worth considering.
We strongly suggest you discuss platelet-rich plasma therapy with your physician, if you think it may be right for you.
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