The development of regenerative medicine approaches, such as PRP treatment, has been a breath of fresh air for people in search of viable treatment options that have little to no potential long-term side effects. If you’ve been contemplating getting PRP injections for your condition or injury but not quite sure about what to anticipate and whether they’re right for you, let this guide give you a general understanding and help you make a well-informed decision.
What to Expect During and After Your PRP Treatment
The treatment involves extracting a small amount of blood (similar to a lab test sample). The blood sample is then put in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components in the blood. Once the PRP has been separated, it is injected into and around the affected area.
The platelets in your blood contain important growth factors and proteins that can help to trigger cell production, speed up the healing process, and regenerate new tissue in the treated area.
A PRP treatment is a simple, minimally invasive in-office procedure that can often be performed in under an hour. Most people are able resume their normal activities immediately after having the treatment.
Depending on the number of areas being treated and the severity of your condition, you may require multiple injections, which are administered from four to six months, two to three weeks apart. Initial improvement may be felt within a few weeks, and it gradually becomes more noticeable as the healing progresses.
The amount of time it takes for PRP injections to kick in hinges on your own body’s healing ability and the severity of your condition.
PRP injections are used both as a standalone treatment and as an adjunct to other treatment modalities, such as physical therapy and stem cell therapy
The Benefits and Risks of PRP Treatment
PRP treatments have been embraced by practitioners across various medical disciplines due to their remarkable ability to address a vast range of medical conditions.
For orthopedic conditions and injuries, PRP treatment aims to leverage the blood’s natural healing properties to induce tissue regeneration in diseased or injured areas of the body. PRP can specifically help:
- Promote healing, reducing reliance on pharmacological interventions
- Prevent and relieve inflammation
- Restore physical function and mobility
- Delay the progression of osteoarthritis and joint degeneration and reduce the need for surgery in the future
PRP treatment is also becoming widely used in cosmetic procedures to treat hair loss and certain skin conditions. It can offer a number of benefits, such as stimulating hair growth, and helping to thicken hair, in patients with male or female pattern baldness.
PRP treatment is generally tolerable, and since it uses the patient’s own blood, there is little to no risk of complications. Risks associated with PRP injections—which are extremely rare—include local infection and nerve damage.
PRP Treatments in Palm Beach County, Florida
At Personalized Orthopedics of the Palm Beaches, our board-certified orthopedic specialists offer innovative treatment approaches—notably stem cell therapy and PRP injections—to help our patients manage or even recover from their orthopedic issues safely, effectively, and naturally.
To find out more about PRP treatment or to arrange a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists, contact us today at (561) 733-5888, You can also book an appointment using our online appointment request form.