Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Specialist
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative treatment that uses your body’s natural healing powers to repair diseased and damaged tissue. APMI Wellness Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, offers PRP therapy to support healing, alleviate pain, and help you stay active. To learn more about the powers of PRP, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Q & A
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a breakthrough treatment that supports your body’s natural ability to repair, regenerate, and strengthen your tissue.
A form of regenerative medicine, PRP is made from a sample of your own blood to provide your injured or diseased tissue with a high dose of your body’s natural healing properties. These healing resources stimulate and accelerate the repair process.
How does PRP work?
PRP contains a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are tiny substances found naturally in your blood, and they help stop cuts from bleeding by forming blood clots.
In addition to helping your blood to clot, platelets also trigger the release of growth factors and specialized proteins that repair your damaged tissue.
Though your body has the ability to heal your injury or diseased tissue, the healing process may not happen as fast as you’d like. PRP delivers a high dose of your body’s healing elements directly to the area where it’s needed to support the process and speed up your recovery.
Am I a candidate for PRP?
When you visit APMI Wellness Center for a PRP consultation, your provider conducts an in-depth evaluation to determine the best treatment for you.
PRP therapy is a treatment option for osteoarthritis and chronic pain, as well as a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, such as:
Acute athletic injuries
Rotator cuff tears
PRP therapy is a state-of-the-art treatment, but it is more invasive than conservative therapies such as anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. Your provider may only recommend PRP therapy if these or other types of less invasive treatments fail to heal your injury or reduce your pain.
The aesthetics experts at APMI Wellness Center may also use PRP for facial rejuvenation, combining it with microneedling to support tissue remodeling.
What happens during PRP therapy?
PRP therapy is an in-office treatment. To create your PRP, your provider draws a small amount of blood from your arm. They place the blood sample in a centrifuge that separates the platelets from the other components in your blood.
Your provider mixes the concentrated platelets with a small amount of your blood plasma and injects the PRP mixture directly into your damaged tissue. After your PRP therapy, your provider may request that you remain at the office for a few minutes for monitoring before you go home.
There’s no downtime following PRP therapy, and you can resume your usual activities afterward.
You may notice improvements in pain within a few weeks after your PRP injection. Additional PRP treatment sessions may be needed to get the best results.
To learn more about PRP and how it can help you get back to your active lifestyle, call APMI Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.