Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a highly advanced medical treatment designed to help with injury healing and pain relief. PRP is often used as a treatment for tendon or ligament injuries, and it can be used on a variety of other soft tissue injuries. In PRP therapy, your own blood is used to help you heal. The blood is full of powerful healing elements, but to maximize that healing some help is needed in the form of PRP therapy.
During PRP therapy, your blood is extracted in a quick and easy blood draw. This blood draw will take only a few minutes and will cause minimal discomfort. With the blood extracted, the precious platelet-rich plasma is isolated using a powerful centrifugal force machine. The platelets are then injected back into your bloodstream in the area where you're injured. This allows the platelets to go to work immediately, releasing growth factors that help your tissues heal quickly and naturally. The platelets also prompt the body to make new collagen, which adds cushion and strength to the tissues.
This can vary from one patient to the next. Every injury is as unique as the individual. Many patients find that they achieve pain relief and significant healing after just a couple of treatments. However, more complex injuries may require additional treatments.
The majority of patients experience significant relief after around four to six weeks.
Dr. Haber will provide you with a list of special preparations before your PRP therapy appointment. This usually includes avoiding NSAID medications for at least a week before treatment and may include adjustment of prescription medications.
Recovery from PRP therapy is remarkably simple and easy for most patients. Discomfort is minimal, and over-the-counter medications like Tylenol can be used to alleviate any pain. Ice packs can also be used to relieve pain and swelling. As soon as your appointment's over, you can return to your regular routine. Dr. Haber usually recommends that patients wait around 10 days before going back to their regular physical activity routine, especially for major exercise.
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