If you’re suffering from joint pain or a sports-related injury, you might think your only treatment option is a time-consuming or invasive orthopedic surgery. However, thanks to treatments like platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, it’s possible to promote healing using your body’s own growth factors. The team at Integrated Body and Medicine in Hammond, Indiana, proudly offers PRP to both men and women. To request your consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP, is a regenerative medicine therapy that uses your body’s own platelets or growth factors to promote healing. The process is minimally invasive and requires no downtime, incisions, or sutures.
The concentration of platelets in PRP is 5-10 times greater than the concentration of platelets in your normal blood. Platelets contain dozens of proteins called growth factors; it’s these growth factors that encourage your body’s natural healing process.
At Integrated Body and Medicine, the team performs PRP on-site in their state-of-the-art facilities.
During a PRP treatment session, your provider draws a sample of your blood. Next, they place the vial of your blood into a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins around at a rapid rate of speed, separating your platelets from the rest of your blood.
After completing this process, your provider injects the platelet-rich solution into a damaged or inflamed area of your body, such as a swollen knee or torn ligament. Once the PRP solution enters your bloodstream, it eases inflammation, promotes circulation, and encourages the natural healing process.
At Integrated Body and Medicine, the team uses PRP to promote tissue healing and to reduce inflammation. You might benefit from PRP treatment if you tear a tendon, ligament, or muscle while playing sports or participating in another type of physical activity.
You might also benefit from PRP if you regularly experience joint pain or stiffness caused by osteoarthritis or another joint-related problem. Clinical research shows that PRP can effectively ease joint pain.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment with PRP, make an appointment at Integrated Body and Medicine. Following an exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, your doctor can make recommendations that align with your individual situation. That said, if you’re relatively healthy and want to avoid surgery, you’re probably a good candidate.
PRP is safe and well-tolerated. However, it’s administered via a needle, so you may experience pain, swelling, or general discomfort at the site of your injections. These issues should subside within 24-48 hours. If they get worse or interfere with your quality of life, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Integrated Body and Medicine.
To learn more about the benefits of regenerative treatments like PRP, make an appointment at Integrated Body and Medicine today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.