When you get injured, which cells race to the damaged area to jumpstart the healing process? Platelets, of course. So, if you need extra support in healing after an injury, then platelet-rich plasma therapy could be the way to go – and we’re here to help. At Phoenix Integrated Medical, we provide all the treatments you need to recover from mild to severe injuries and return to your healthy, active lifestyle. When you come to us, you can count on our team to facilitate the healing process from beginning to end.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is an innovative treatment designed to jumpstart and support the body’s natural healing process. Essentially, it involves the collection of platelets from your blood, so they can be directly administered to the injured area.
To perform this treatment, your provider will take a blood sample, separate the platelets from the rest of the blood with a centrifuge, and prepare the sample for the injection process.
After being injected into the affected site, the platelets flow into your injured tissues delivering cytokines, growth factors, and peptides to jumpstart healing in an instant. The damaged connective tissue then starts healing, helping eliminate pain, swelling, and discomfort. The platelets often do their job so well that the tissues end up being up to 40% stronger after you fully recover from the injury.
Conditions Treated with Plasma Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma therapy helps treat many mild to severe injuries, including:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tennis elbow
- Swollen muscles
- Joint damage
Osteoarthritis and other degenerative diseases may respond favorably to Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy as well. The delivery of extra platelets can even help rejuvenate the skin and hair, effectively reducing the signs of aging.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Benefits
When you get platelet-rich plasma therapy performed at our clinic, you’ll likely benefit in the following ways.
- Accelerated Healing Times: An influx of platelets in the injured area can help speed up healing times significantly, so you can get back to your daily activities fast.
- Decreased Symptoms: As the platelets help your body heal, you’ll experience much less pain, swelling, and other symptoms caused by the injury in question.
- Reduced Need for Medication: With fewer symptoms to worry about, you won’t have to rely as much on prescription or over-the-counter medication to get through the day.
- Minimal Chance of Infection: Platelet-rich plasma has antibiotic properties that help reduce the chance of an infection after the procedure.
- No Allergies or Drug Interactions: Since the platelets come from your own blood, you do not need to worry about allergies or drug interactions.
You can explore even more benefits of getting plasma therapy during your consultation appointment. Your provider will go over all the ways you will personally benefit from the treatment along with what to expect. With that info in mind, you’ll have all the knowledge needed to make a well-informed decision.
What to Expect During Your Appointments
Once you enter our clinic for your appointment, you will have your blood drawn and processed. Your PRP sample will be immediately injected into the targeted area. The whole process usually takes less than an hour.
The process involves a single injection, sending the platelets flowing into your injured tissues. You may feel tenderness or increased soreness at the injection site for up to four days afterward. As the healing process kicks in, you’ll likely notice a reduction in pain, swelling, and other symptoms within two weeks.
To get the full benefits of the therapy, you may need to have the process repeated two more times. You’ll need to schedule those additional injections at least two weeks apart. As you go, you might notice that you’re feeling better than ever even after just one injection.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy at Phoenix Integrated Medical
Want to see if you’re a great candidate for platelet-rich plasma therapy? Call 407-637-8300 to speak with our team or fill out our appointment request form. Either way, we’ll help you find a convenient time to come to our clinic for a consultation visit. We look forward to helping you feel better fast after an injury occurs, so please call us whenever you’re ready to get started.
For more information on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us today.