How PRP Can Heal Your Body

How PRP Can Heal Your Body

At Regency Pain & Therapy Institute in Mansfield, Texas, we specialize in interventional pain management and the fields of sports, osteopathic manipulative, and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. From our spacious, state-of-the-art facility, our experienced team uses the most advanced technologies and the latest evidence-based techniques to determine the root cause of your pain and resolve it. 

While most conventional approaches to pain management focus on reducing discomfort and strengthening support systems that facilitate healing, we offer cutting-edge treatments that accelerate healing and even repair damaged tissue your body can’t fix on its own.

This emerging field called regenerative medicine has revolutionized how we treat injuries and diseases by enabling us to stimulate tissue regeneration. Several types of regenerative treatments exist, including amniotic injections, stem cell injections, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Here, we’re highlighting one of the most prolific types of regenerative medicine — platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). 

PRP explained

Your blood contains several components. Although it’s mostly made up of a liquid base called plasma, it also has red cells, white cells, and platelets. 

The platelets are especially helpful during the healing process because they enable your blood to clot and contain hundreds of growth factors, which are proteins that aid healing. 

Platelet-rich plasma has a highly concentrated amount of platelets and growth factors — up to 10 times richer than regular blood — a plus when your body needs to heal quickly. 

We can create PRP quickly and easily here in our office. We take a small blood sample from your arm, much like a routine blood draw for lab work. We spin the blood at high speed in a centrifuge, which separates the individual blood components into layers. We extract the layer of platelets and plasma, leaving behind the other cells.

How PRP helps you heal

Soft tissue injuries and places lacking a blood supply can benefit most from PRP therapy. Torn tendons and ligaments are excellent candidates. 

We numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic and use ultrasound to guide the needle for the injection. We then release the platelet-rich plasma into the damaged joint or tissue. Over time, the platelets release their growth factors, rebooting your healing computer, so to speak. 

Some people experience slightly increased pain levels immediately following the treatment, but it subsides in a day or two. As the growth factors get to work, your tissue heals faster than it would without the PRP treatment. The benefits of PRP are:

PRP is an effective and often preferable treatment for several common injuries and chronic diseases, such as:

Our patients experience a significant reduction in pain and inflammation and improved function and mobility with PRP. If you have osteoarthritis, the degradation of the cartilage in your joints, PRP can slow or halt the progression, especially if we catch it early. 

Although the platelets begin releasing growth factors immediately, it takes time for them to build up and repair the tissue. Expect to feel results about two weeks after your PRP treatment and continued improvement for a couple of months.

If you want to tap into your body’s own healing resources with PRP, call us at 817-345-6225. 

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