Regenerative medicine harnesses your body’s natural ability to heal damaged tissues, using those same cells to relieve your pain and accelerate healing of injury or disease. One type of regenerative treatment, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, is exceptionally effective at treating musculoskeletal problems. The doctors at Peak Medical in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, specialize in PRP therapy as one of the many alternative treatments they offer to help you find relief from your pain. To learn more about PRP therapy, call the office or book an appointment online today.
PRP is blood plasma that contains more platelets than the amount normally found in your bloodstream. When PRP is injected, the high concentration of platelets is needed to produce a therapeutic result.
Platelets are best known for making your blood clot to stop bleeding after an injury. But they’re also essential for healing injuries. Platelets are packed with proteins called growth factors. When you’re injured or you have diseased tissues, platelets travel to the area and release their growth factors.
Growth factors accelerate healing and relieve your pain by:
PRP speeds up cell growth and stimulates adult stem cells to self-replicate and regenerate the new tissues needed to replace the different types of damaged tissues. As a result, your PRP injection activates the production of new muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone.
You never need to worry about safety or adverse reactions to blood products because your PRP injection comes from your own blood. Your provider at Peak Medical draws a sample of your blood, then places it in a centrifuge. As the centrifuge spins, platelets and plasma separate from other blood components, producing the PRP that’s used for your injection.
PRP is especially beneficial for healing musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative joint diseases. A few conditions often treated with PRP injections include:
PRP therapy relieves chronic pain conditions whether your pain is in your neck, back, shoulder, knee, or hip. As you get older, your body’s healing response tends to slow down. If you have an injury that’s slow to heal, you may benefit from a PRP injection.
When you’re in pain, PRP is one of many therapies used by the team at Peak Medical to create a customized treatment plan that offers reliefs and improves your mobility. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for PRP, call or book an appointment online today.