PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, could be an effective way of repairing tissues that aren’t healing properly on their own. PRP and other regenerative medicine techniques like stem cell therapy are a specialty of Jimmy Henry, MD, FAAPMR, at Midwest Spine and Pain in New Albany, Ohio. Dr. Henry is a double board certified physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine and rehabilitation, and he finds PRP to be highly effective in helping patients who have chronic joint and soft tissue pain. Call Midwest Spine and Pain today to find out more.
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is a type of regenerative medicine. Midwest Spine and Pain also offers another form of regenerative medicine called stem cell therapy.
Regenerative medicine therapies use substances found in human tissues to promote healing and new cell growth. They’re especially useful for restoring function following a sports injury and to treat chronic pain conditions.
PRP contains platelets that Dr. Henry extracts from your blood. Platelets make your blood clot when you injure yourself, but they’re also a rich source of potent cells called growth factors. These growth factors are vital to the repair and regeneration of damaged tissues.
PRP works by stimulating your body into starting a new round of tissue healing and regeneration. To harvest the growth factors, Dr. Henry takes a sample of your blood, which he puts in a centrifuge.
The centrifuge spins the blood so fast it separates, and Dr. Henry draws off the platelet-rich plasma ready to inject back into your body.
The extra concentration of growth factors Dr. Henry injects boosts healing even in old injuries and existing scar tissue, providing a far more complete repair of damaged tissues.
Stem cell therapy works on a similar principle, but uses stem cells harvested from your bone marrow or fatty tissues, or donated stem cells.
PRP and stem cell therapies, as well as other forms of regenerative medicine, can help with many conditions. In fact, researchers are discovering more uses for regenerative medicine all the time. Dr. Henry finds PRP to be a valuable therapy for patients who have:
PRP is a safe form of treatment that causes no harmful effects because you’re using your own cells. If other treatments aren’t helping your condition, PRP and stem cell therapies are well worth trying.
You won’t feel an immediate change after a PRP injection in the way you would after a nerve block or steroid injection.
PRP works differently. It takes time for your body to generate enough new tissues to make a difference in your pain, so it could be several weeks before you notice any change at all and several months for the PRP therapy to take full effect.
You might also need more than one injection if the first round of treatment doesn’t provide sufficient pain relief.
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