Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses your own blood platelets to speed up healing in chronically painful or inflamed soft tissues. To learn about PRP injections, visit Advocate Integrated Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee. The integrated medical team offers personalized treatment plants — including PRP — that can help you recover after a muscle, joint, or another soft tissue injury. Set up a PRP consultation today by calling the office or scheduling online.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an injectable solution made from your own blood platelets and a thickening agent that can be used to speed up healing in chronically injured tissues, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. It can be used by itself or in conjunction with other therapies, such as regenerative medicine, chiropractic care, or rehabilitation.
PRP works by introducing a concentrated platelet solution into your injured tissues to supply increased blood flow, nutrients, and coagulating factors to heal damaged tissues. Often, chronically painful or inflamed tissues don’t receive enough blood flow or the amount of inflammation in the area outpaces the normal healing factors of existing blood flow in the area.
When this is the case, a PRP injection can reduce excess levels of inflammation and increase blood flow — and its beneficial components for tissue healing — to repair the damaged tissues. Since PRP works on a cellular level, recovery can take several weeks or months, though you often don’t need any downtime after treatment to recover.
To find out if you’re a candidate for PRP injections, the team performs a consultation, physical exam, and health screening to determine if your injury or diagnosis can benefit from PRP treatment. Common reasons to get PRP include:
The team may also refer you for X-rays or an MRI to confirm your diagnosis before recommending PRP treatment.
Getting PRP involves a simple three-step process to collect, refine, and inject your own naturally occurring platelets. In the first step, your provider collects a sample of your blood from your arm using a sterile syringe, similar to having blood drawn for testing. One or more vials of blood may be collected, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Your blood is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from your other blood cells. The platelets are then collected and added to a thickening agent to form your PRP solution. This solution is then injected into your injured tissues as the third step of the process. The injection typically takes less than 10 minutes.
To find out if PRP treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation online or by phone at Advocate Integrated Medicine now.