The Science Behind Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

The Science Behind Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

Healthy joints allow you to walk, exercise, lift objects, open packages, and even work at a computer with ease. So it’s no surprise that when you’re struggling with joint pain or inflammation, it affects many areas of your life. This scenario is common in the United States, with over 23 million adults living with joint pain-related activity limitations.

Thankfully, effective treatments, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, can help. This minimally invasive treatment uses your own blood to stimulate healing and reduce pain.

Our expert team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, is pleased to offer PRP therapy as a treatment for a range of joint conditions. Take a few minutes to learn more about PRP therapy, including ways it might benefit you.

How PRP therapy works

Plasma is the liquid part of your blood that carries red and white blood cells throughout your body. Platelets in your blood secrete growth factors that help stimulate new tissue growth and promote healing. PRP therapy helps your joints by increasing the platelets in the area, bringing more of those healing attributes where they’re needed.

In doing so, PRP therapy aims to:

Many people appreciate that PRP therapy is all-natural and requires no surgical incisions or medications. PRP therapy can also serve as a supplementary treatment. You may end up needing less pain-relieving medication or physical therapy, for example, once you’ve had this treatment. 

At Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, we use PRP therapy to treat:

What happens during PRP therapy?

During your PRP treatment, your provider withdraws a small amount of your blood and sends it through a centrifuge for about 15 minutes. This process separates out platelet-rich plasma, which is then injected into injured or damaged joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. If needed for precision, your specialist will use ultrasound imaging to guide the PRP concentration.

PRP therapy is considered safe and most people can go about their usual activities right away, although we may suggest that you rest for the remainder of the day. Once your treatment is complete, your provider will help determine your best course of treatment moving forward.

To learn more about platelet-rich plasma therapy or get the care you need, call Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine or request an appointment on our website.

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