You may have heard about a new treatment being used by professional athletes called PRP that helps to speed up their recovery time after an injury – but it’s not just for athletes. Learn more about this regenerative medicine treatment and decide if it’s the right option for you.
What is PRP therapy?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. It’s an all-natural regenerative medicine treatment used by our holistic health care practitioners at Wellness 1st Integrative Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona. It reduces inflammation and aids in recovery from soft tissue and/or sports injuries. PRP has received a lot of media attention because it’s being used by big-name professional athletes like golfer Tiger Woods to speed up their recovery time.
We use PRP to treat people just like you who have pain in their knees, shoulders, wrists, joints, or lower back. During your PRP therapy, we take some blood from your arm and place it in a centrifuge, which spins the blood around at high speed. By doing this, the platelets are separated out from the rest of the blood. We then inject the concentrated platelets into the area of your body that needs repair.
What makes PRP therapy so effective?
Platelets have an important job to do. They’re the component of your blood that helps it clot, so it’s needed when you get cut, injured, or undergo surgery. Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that aid in healing. So, by concentrating the number of platelets from your blood and injecting them back into your body, we unleash their powerful potential to heal.
PRP therapy has been used to:
- Speed up the healing process
- Reduce inflammation
- Lessen pain at an injury site
- Trigger regeneration of blood vessels
- Initiate tissue rebuilding
- Treat erectile dysfunction
- Promote hair growth
Is it the right option for you?
PRP therapy is done in our office, and each session takes about one-half hour. It has minimal side effects and downtime, allowing you to resume normal activities shortly after your treatment. You’ll start to notice results a few weeks after your first injection.
PRP may not be covered by your insurance plan, so this is something you need to consider. But, if you’re looking for an effective way to help alleviate your pain or want to heal from an injury faster than simply waiting it out, PRP may be just what you’re looking for.
To learn more about PRP therapy and how it can help you, make an appointment with one of our holistic health specialists. Just give us a call at 480-422-3485 or use our online booking tool.