Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a treatment that uses a sample of the patient’s own blood to assist with the healing of an acute or chronic injury or pain. PRP therapy is classified as regenerative medicine, and it continues to grow in popularity across the country.
One of the reasons why it is so popular is that it involves no anesthesia, no recovery time, and no incisions. Your doctor simply extracts a small amount of your blood and then processes it in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets. The plasma with the concentrated platelets – the platelet-rich plasma – is then injected directly into the painful or injured area.
Let’s talk about some of the benefits you could enjoy from PRP therapy and where you can go to find out more about what can be done for you.
Improved Healing Plus Faster Recovery
One of the most well-known benefits of PRP therapy is its role in improving healing in patients. PRP is frequently used in sports medicine to help athletes recover more quickly from their injuries.
If you are not an athlete but you do enjoy a particularly active lifestyle, PRP therapy can help you heal from an injury and return to the activities you love much sooner. This accelerated healing is due to the healing power of a concentration of your own blood’s platelets.
Reduced Swelling and Decreased Bruising
PRP therapy is also widely used in cosmetic surgeries thanks to its ability to reduce swelling and decrease bruising in patients. In the context of orthopedics, it can help bring down swelling because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Once swelling is brought down, your body is able to begin healing.
Patients who undergo PRP therapy report experiencing significant pain relief. This is likely due to the fact that the tissue repairs itself at a faster rate with the enriched level of platelets, thereby bringing relief from symptoms that are caused by damaged tissue. PRP therapy is reported to be very effective at treating injuries that are unresponsive to other treatments, especially when combined with other conservative treatment methods.
Natural Form of Treatment
PRP therapy treatments are completely natural, harnessing your own body’s power to heal itself. Because they are injection-based, they are minimally invasive and require no anesthesia or recovery.
Since PRP comprises your own body’s cells, there is no risk of rejection. Your body will recognize the platelets and the plasma as your own physical materials.
PRP Therapy Treatment in Catonsville, Columbia, and Eldersburg, Maryland
Here at the Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland, we offer platelet-rich plasma therapy as one of our many regenerative medicine options for treating injury and relieving pain. Our treatments include everything from noninvasive therapy to minimally invasive injections to orthopedic surgery.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic physicians, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (410) 644-1880 or (855) 4MD-BONE (463-2663). You can also fill out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you get back to enjoying your life!