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What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

man holding elbow in painWhile Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy may just be gaining traction, the idea has actually been around for years.

This “new” form of treatment was discovered 20 years ago and used originally for open heart and maxillofacial surgeries to help heal wounds in skin reconstruction. In the early 2000’s, PRP made its way to Dr. Allan Mishra, an orthopedic surgeon used by the San Francisco 49ers, to help heal an Achilles tendon for Steve Bono. Over the years, this form of treatment has been used on many famous athletes’ injuries due to its quick recovery time, which has helped PRP gain popularity.

And here’s the good news: PRP is not exclusive to famous athletes with sport-related injuries.

This is how Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy can help with your injuries.

All About PRP

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a form of regenerative medicine, meaning that it is used to grow, repair and replace damaged tissue or organs. PRP is considered a non-surgical procedure and is made directly from the patient’s blood. Blood is drawn in our own office and placed in a centrifuge, which spins the blood at a high velocity and allows the blood to separate into platelets.

The platelet concentration is then injected back into the injured area of the patient’s body. Platelets are known to have growing properties called bioactive proteins, which stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself naturally and regenerate new tissue. These proteins can simultaneously build new cells and relieve pain–and some cases, we’ve seen results within 2-6 weeks after an injection, though the majority of patients report feeling pain-free after four injections.

What is PRP Used For?

Typically, the PRP injection is used to treat injuries such as: unresponsive chronic pain, sprains, tendonitis, and low back pain. In recent studies, PRP has been shown to be more effective than cortisone injections–while cortisone injections are a quick fix and simply mask pain and inflammation; PRP offers long-lasting relief and is a natural way to help with inflammation while preventing further damage to the area.

Although healing is time sensitive and all bodies heal at their own rate, it is import for all patients to be able to feel relief throughout treatment. Here at Twins Chiropractic and Physical Medicine , we cater to your client’s needs and can provide an individual treatment plan based on your specific qualifying injuries.

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If you’d like to learn more about PRP and how it may help you recover from injury quicker, contact us today to book your appointment—we can’t wait to welcome you into the practice.

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