What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy and How Does It Treat Injuries?
If you’ve ever had an injury that just wouldn’t seem to go away, you’ve probably wished there was a way to speed up the healing process. The good news? There is, and the answer lies in your blood. Platelet-rich plasma therapy has been around for a while, but you may not have heard of it. To help you learn more, here are some things you should know about this extraordinary treatment option. Take a minute to read this post, and then check out the video at the bottom of the page.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, is a substance derived from your blood that helps with healing. It also has some anti-aging effects. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a relatively simple, non-surgical procedure that helps people who suffer from joint injuries, arthritis, and other ailments. Doctors have always known that the body is a master of self-healing, but only relatively recently have they started to make that healing process more efficient with the help of the body’s own substances.
The process is pretty simple. First, blood is drawn from your body, usually from the arm. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, a device that spins the blood at a high rate of speed. The process separates your blood cells from your plasma and concentrates platelets within the plasma, increasing the growth factor from 6% to 94%. Once the plasma is separated from the blood, it is then injected into the injured site, allowing it to interact with your injury and spur growth.
What does Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Treat?
PRP contains substances that encourage tissue to regenerate at a faster rate. When injected into injured tissue, PRP stimulates healing by triggering a mild inflammatory response.
PRP therapy treats a variety of injuries and ailments, including the following:
Soft tissue injuries
Once injected into the affected site on the body, the platelet-rich plasma starts working, promoting healing and growth. After receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy, you may have some tenderness at the injection site. You might not begin to feel the effects of the treatment for a few weeks. The effectiveness of the treatment depends on a few different factors as well, including the nature of your injury, the location of the injury, and your overall health.
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Judith A. Smith is the co-founder and Director of the International Clinic of Biological Regeneration (ICBR). Her educational degrees, at the University of Missouri and graduate studies at Clayton University, were in the field of clinical nutrition. She is also a Fellow of the American Council of Applied Clinical Nutrition (FACACN) and served as educational coordinator for the ACACN from 1979 until 2007 when administration of the program was transferred to The British Institute of Homoeopathy.
After several years of travel and study in London and Vienna, she and her husband, the late Dr. C.T. Smith, opened the first ICBR clinic in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in 1981 to bring the specialty ofCell Therapy, to North America. Since that time, ICBR has expanded to three clinic locations, Nassau, Bahamas, Matamoros, Mexico and, most recently, Tijuana, Mexico.
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