When it comes to managing pain, it’s natural to only think about your symptoms. But, if you’re looking for the most effective solution for your discomfort, you should be looking for ways to heal your injury. That’s where regenerative medicine techniques, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, come into play. This innovative approach is revolutionizing pain management, and our experienced team offers it at Apple Medical Centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The power of PRP therapy
With PRP therapy, the aim is to heal your condition and thereby lessen or eliminate your pain. This technique works by taking a small amount of your own blood, concentrating the platelets within it, and injecting the serum into the area of your body that needs healing.
When you experience an injury, your body’s first response is to send platelets to the area through your blood. These unique cells initiate the repair process, introducing high concentrations of collagen, and attracting other growth factors.
By introducing a flood of platelets into the injured area, they can help spur the natural healing process to repair the damage causing your symptoms
How PRP therapy works
First, we take a sample of your blood and process it to create a dense concentration of platelets. After preparing your PRP sample, we inject it directly into your injured area to activate the healing response.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy can help a wide range of joint, tendon, and other soft-tissue conditions. We often recommend the treatment for musculoskeletal issues, such as:
- Ligament and muscle injuries
- Acute and chronic tendon injuries
- Degenerative joint disease
- Acute and chronic back pain
What to expect from PRP therapy
Appointments typically take 1-2 hours, during which your health specialist will draw your blood, process it, and inject it into your injured area. After your procedure, you can usually resume your normal activities. You may experience mild discomfort or swelling in the area, but this will fade quickly as new cells generate in the treatment site.
It will likely take a few weeks to start seeing changes because it will take time for new tissue to develop. In many cases, you can expect to see significant results after 30 days. We might recommend a series of PRP injections spaced 2-3 weeks apart, but you should experience radical pain relief after 1-2 treatments.
To see if PRP therapy can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Apple Medical Centers today.