Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
In recent years, doctors have learned that the body has the ability to heal itself. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that can harness those abilities and amplify the natural growth factors your body uses to heal tissue.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment: An Overview
Bone and soft tissue injuries heal in many stages. One of the most exciting areas of research in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine involves making the most of the initial healing stages: inflammation and an increase in cells, or cell proliferation.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, a form of regenerative medicine, is becoming a more popular option for giving a biological boost to the healing process. PRP treatment has received significant attention from the media and has been used by numerous professional athletes.
What is PRP?
PRP is produced from a person's own blood. It is a concentration of one type of cell, known as platelets, which circulate through the blood and are critical for blood clotting. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many factors that are essential for the cell recruitment, multiplication and specialization that are required for healing.
After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge, which is a tool that separates the blood into its many components. Platelet-rich plasma can then be collected and treated before it is delivered to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament.
PRP is given to patients through an injection, and ultrasound guidance can assist in the precise placement of PRP. After the injection, a patient must avoid exercise for a short period of time before beginning a rehabilitation exercise program
It may not be the best option for you if you:
use or recently used Accutane for acne
still have active acne resulting in new scarring
have a history of poor wound healing
have undergone skin radiation in the last 12 months
How much does it cost?
PRP is considered an elective aesthetic procedure. Medical insurance doesn’t cover PRP, so you’ll have to pay for the procedure out of pocket.
PRP treatment with PRP at Advanced Integrative Medicine is $800.
PRP isn’t cheap, but it’s less expensive than more invasive surgeries.
What you should do if you’re interested in PRP?
Your first step is to schedule a consultation with Advanced Integrative Medicine. At this point, you’ll want to ask them questions you have about the procedure, as well as discuss any associated costs.