When a chronic joint condition or persistent musculoskeletal injury causes so much pain that you can no longer move normally or be as active as you’d like, you don’t want to simply mask your discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory steroid injections. You want your body to heal from the inside out.
Fortunately, ongoing advancements in regenerative medicine have made it possible to heal trauma and promote optimal healing naturally, using a concentrated solution of powerful growth factors — also known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) — derived from your own blood.
Whether your desk job has left you with unrelenting back pain, your weekly tennis match has made your elbow feel perpetually tender, or you’re plagued by residual discomfort from a recent tendon surgery, PRP therapy may be the just solution you’ve been waiting for.
Here at GhentMD in Gilbert, Arizona, we use PRP therapy to help many people heal troublesome joint trauma, address the underlying cause of injury-related chronic pain, alleviate pain, and restore range of motion — and we can help you, too. Here’s what you should know about this revolutionary new therapy.
Human blood is made up of several important components, each of which plays its own vital role as it circulates through your body. Although it’s mostly liquid (plasma) by volume, your blood contains a variety of tiny solid substances ranging from red and white blood cells to salts and vitamins.
Platelets are one of the most important solid substances contained within plasma. Your body mainly uses platelets, which are about half the size of red blood cells, to help facilitate the clotting process if a vessel is cut or damaged.
They accomplish this indispensable task, in part, by secreting powerful growth factors and other bioactive proteins that stimulate the kind of active cell growth and proliferation that encourages rapid tissue repair and regeneration.
So how does PRP therapy capitalize on the healing power of growth factors?
First, we start with a quick blood draw that takes 30-60 milliliters (about 2-4 tablespoons) of blood from your arm. Spinning the blood in a sterile centrifuge machine allows us to isolate and concentrate the platelets, which we then remix with a bit of leftover plasma to form an injectable serum — PRP.
Your personal PRP serum contains 3-10 times as many platelets by volume as what’s found in normal, circulating blood. When carefully injected into an injured or damaged tendon, ligament, muscle, or joint, the serum’s powerful growth factors flood the area and trigger rapid cell renewal and tissue repair.
Like other forms of regenerative medicine, PRP therapy works through your own internal corrective mechanisms to accelerate the natural healing process and provide long-term pain relief.
Although regenerative medicine experts are still in the process of discovering exactly what makes PRP so effective, they have learned that it can help improve soft tissue recovery, encourage rapid connective tissue repair, promote bone cell regeneration and healing, and nurture the formation of new blood vessels.
All of this makes the therapy incredibly useful in treating a wide variety of acute and overuse injuries, ranging from sprained ligaments and weakened tendons to strained muscles and arthritic joints.
It’s especially helpful for promoting rapid healing post-surgery. A runner who requires surgery to treat a torn Achilles tendon will usually heal faster if PRP is applied to the area during or shortly after surgery.
PRP can also help stimulate a stronger healing response in damaged tissues that haven’t healed as quickly as they should have.
At GhentMD, we use PRP to help patients with chronic lower back pain and nagging arthritis symptoms to find significant and long-lasting relief. PRP is also highly effective for treating persistent overuse injuries like tendonitis, bursitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
When it comes to addressing the root cause of persistent pain, PRP therapy is an innovative, all-natural solution that provides a safe and effective alternative to conventional treatment options like pain medication and surgery.
PRP therapy can be done in just one standard office visit, and you can jump right back into your normal routine as soon as you’re done. While you won’t experience immediate pain relief or overnight healing, your body will be busy regenerating new cells and repairing damaged tissues for several weeks following your session.
Depending on the nature of your condition or injury, your overall treatment plan may involve other pain management modalities to help restore optimal flexibility, strength, and range of motion as the healing and recovery process unfolds.
If you’d like to find out what PRP therapy can do for you, call our office in Gilbert, Arizona, or use the easy online booking tool to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aghenta.
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