Before we talk about platelet rich plasma therapy, what the heck is a platelet?
Our blood contains roughly 93% red blood cells, 6% white and 1% plasma, but of these three, platelets are the cells that have the most potential for healing. They facilitate tissue repair by "recruiting" cells to the injury that help with reparation. When an injury occurs, the body sends platelets to begin the repair process and recruit stem cells to the affected region. Platelet rich plasma injections take this natural process one step further- t he idea behind this non-surgical treatment is that we stimulate the natural healing process by activating the platelets and stem cells that are already within your body.
How platelet rich plasma injections work
The process for this regenerative medicine is straightforward: we begin by collecting a blood sample and putting it into a centrifuge to separate the blood into its different parts. The blood is processed until it contains an above normal concentration of platelets. Once the blood is processed, we inject it back into the injury site using ultrasound guidance.
Who can benefit from plasma rich plasma injections?
People with chronic pain and those seeking to recover from surgery in a timely manner have found great success with our PRP therapy. Among the conditions most suited for this kind of regenerative therapy are:
- Lower back pain
- Degenerative discs
- Joint dysfunction and pain
- Shoulder pain
- Nerve entrapment syndromes
- Sprains and strains
Platelet rich plasma in Palo Alto
At Bay Health Center, we believe in the power of nonsurgical regenerative therapy- to reduce pain, improve function and shorten recovery times. Whereas a normal pain injection will wear off after a given time, platelet rich plasma actually continues to work with your body to keep the pain improvement ongoing. Give our office a call to schedule an appointment and find out if PRP is right for you today.
Dr. Vitaly Mozeson, D.C.