Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure that can help treat a variety of conditions. PRP therapy can be helpful in reducing or eliminating pain, reducing the need for medications, and improving the quality of life for someone who is suffering from chronic pain or reduced function.
Below are some pros and cons of PRP therapy. Talk to your doctor about whether PRP therapy may be beneficial for you.
Basics of PRP Therapy
PRP therapy involves isolating a concentration of platelets from a patient’s blood and injecting it into the same patient’s body where they have injured or degenerated tissue. Platelet-rich plasma has healing qualities that can greatly reduce pain and heal internal injuries.
First, the doctor withdraws blood from the patient. The physician then uses a machine to isolate and concentrate the platelets from the blood. Finally, the doctor injects the concentrated platelet-rich plasma into the desired area.
The healing factors in the plasma help reduce pain and trigger healing within the area. PRP therapy is typically carried out at an outpatient center or physician’s office, and patients can return to normal daily activities right after the procedure.
Advantages of PRP Therapy
There are many benefits of PRP therapy to consider and discuss with your doctor, including the following:
PRP therapy is a great treatment for a variety of health conditions, and many people can benefit from it. In addition to pain relief and joint issues, PRP therapy has been effective in cosmetic procedures.
Some examples of conditions PRP therapy can treat include:
- Ankle sprains
- Tennis elbow
- Knee sprains
- Osteoarthritis pain in joints
- Rotator cuff injury
- Plantar fasciitis
- Lumbar spine pain
PRP therapy is a non-operative procedure, which makes the healing time and pain significantly less when compared to a surgical procedure. This minimally invasive technique only involves a needle for extracting blood and then injecting the platelet-rich plasma into the injured tissue.
PRP therapy leaves virtually no scars. Because the procedure is done using needles, no incisions are made, so no scars are left behind. This means it’s a great therapy for any visible part of the body including arms, legs, and even the face.
PRP therapy is a very safe treatment because there is no risk of rejection, since your own blood is used to treat your body. Additionally, because there are no incisions, there is very little chance of infection.
Many patients who have had PRP therapy have reported it to be effective in reducing pain and other symptoms, which makes it a useful and reliable treatment option. It is a great treatment to add to any pain-management regimen.
Disadvantages of PRP Therapy
While PRP therapy is a versatile and useful treatment for many health conditions, it has some disadvantages to keep in mind:
PRP therapy may not be covered by all insurances, so you may have to pay for it yourself. Fortunately, many medical practices and treatment centers offer financing plans and discounts that can help you pay for PRP therapy.
While PRP is great for a variety of conditions and managing pain, it cannot treat every condition. For example, if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, PRP therapy is not a viable option.
PRP therapy is a great supplemental treatment and is typically a part of a larger pain management or treatment plan. While some people only need PRP therapy, most people need to add other treatments such as physical therapy and medications to relieve their condition.
Who Can Help Me Manage My Pain?
If you suffer from chronic pain that has taken over your life, it’s time to see a pain management specialist. At Pain Specialists of Austin, you will find highly qualified doctors, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, and professional staff to give you exceptional care for reducing your pain – so you can start feeling better again.
Call us today at (855) 876-7246 to make an appointment to discuss treatment options like PRP therapy. You can also fill out our simple appointment request form. We look forward to helping you enjoy a more pain-free lifestyle!