With advances in medical research, medical providers are learning more about the many powers of the human body. This includes the various substances your body uses to heal itself.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a natural substance created from your own blood that contains a high concentration of the healing properties found in your blood.
Dr. Steven Grossinger in Wilmington, Delaware and Springfield, Pennsylvania, and his team of medical professionals are dedicated to providing safe, natural, and holistic treatments and therapies to heal your injuries and alleviate your pain. That’s why we offer PRP therapy and we want you to know more about the many benefits of this innovative treatment.
One of the major benefits of PRP therapy is that we use your body’s own healing elements to create the serum.
To make PRP, we draw a sample of blood from your arm and spin it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets from the other components in your blood. You may be familiar with platelets’ blood clotting abilities, but these tiny cells also contain growth factors and proteins that play a central role in the healing process.
Because we use your own blood for PRP therapy, the risk of an adverse or allergic reaction is very low.
PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that supports your body’s natural healing process. When you have an injury, your blood delivers platelets to the area to stop the bleeding and repair the damage.
Though your body has everything it needs to heal an injury, sometimes the process is slow or ineffective due to the location of the injury or poor blood supply.
The PRP we use for your therapy contains a higher concentration of platelets, growth factors, and the healing proteins normally found in your blood. Our medical professionals inject the PRP directly into your injured or damaged tissue to supply the healing elements it needs to accelerate the process.
Joint pain is common and develops due to many causes, including injury, overuse, arthritis, or the general wear-and-tear that comes with age. The healing properties in the PRP reduce joint inflammation and pain and improve mobility.
We may recommend PRP therapy to ease large joint pain including knees, hips and shoulders.
Though PRP therapy time varies depending on your individual health needs, in most cases, it’s a quick and painless treatment.
After we draw your blood and create your PRP for the injection, our medical professional injects the healing cells directly into the injured or damaged tissue, which only takes a few minutes. If needed, we may use a local anesthetic prior to your PRP injection to minimize discomfort.
We may have you remain at the office for a few minutes for monitoring before we send you home.
You may experience some swelling and inflammation after your PRP therapy, but you can go back to your usual day after your treatment. We provide activity and pain-relief guidelines following your PRP therapy to minimize post-therapy discomfort and support the healing process.
Though you may notice improvements in your pain and mobility within a week or so after your PRP therapy, the healing process takes time. It may take up to six months until you see the full benefits.
PRP therapy harnesses your body’s natural healing powers to accelerate the healing of injuries, ease pain, and improve health and function.
If you want to know more about PRP and how it benefits you and your health, contact us by phone or online today.