Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a new therapy that your doctors create from your own healthy blood. At Murphy Medical Associates, the medical staff recommends PRP for everything from alleviating arthritis pain to rejuvenating skin and hair. If you want to learn more about the powers of your own healing platelets and how you can use them to improve your health and life, contact Murphy Medical Associates by phoning the Greenwich, Stratford, or Stamford, Connecticut, office nearest you or by booking a consultation online.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentrated, supercharged version of your own blood. Your platelets are plate-shaped cell fragments and are the part of your blood that seals up broken blood vessels when you get a cut. Platelets also help your skin rebuild itself by scabbing and then creating new skin cells.
In a procedure that resembles a blood draw, your Murphy Medical Associates nurse or doctor uses a syringe to remove a few tablespoons of blood from your arm. They then put the blood in a specially designed, sterile centrifuge that separates the solid platelets from the liquid plasma. Your provider mixes them into a small amount of plasma to create a serum with up to 10 times the healing power of non-concentrated blood.
Although athletes such as Tiger Woods were among the early adopters of PRP, you don’t have to be a celebrity to benefit from PRP. The team at Murphy Medical Associates recommends PRP to treat injuries, accelerate healing, and rebuild injured or damaged tissues. Some applications for PRP include:
They may also be able to improve other conditions with PRP or combine it with other therapies for a synergistic effect.
Your doctor or nurse injects the PRP serum directly into the site of your injury or pain. The PRP serum is rich with substances such as platelet-derived growth factor, insulin-like growth factor, fibronectin, and cytokines. The PRP serum bolsters your body’s own healing processes, helping you create new cells and blood vessels, and rebuild your skin and other soft tissues with collagen and elastin.
You may need at least two PRP injections to accelerate your healing and repair damaged tissues. Because PRP aids your body’s natural healing processes, you usually notice the reduction in pain and improvement in function over the next weeks to months. Your pain subsides as your tissues renew and heal.
Find out if PRP can reduce your pain and optimize function by contacting the expert team at Murphy Medical Associates today. Phone the Greenwich, Stratford, or Stamford office or reach out with the convenient online form.