Cells are amazing, providing everything your body needs to thrive, grow, feel, and heal itself. Unfortunately, over time the cells in your body diminish and regeneration slows. Some cells get damaged due to illness or injury, and surface medical treatments like topical anesthetics and oral medication can only do so much to help.
Regenerative medicine works from the inside to heal your body at the cellular level. A popular form of regenerative medicine is called PRP, or platelet-rich plasma therapy. This therapy uses the healing properties from your own blood to encourage cellular regeneration.
How Does PRP Work?
For PRP therapy to be successful, a trained medical practitioner must take a sample of your blood. This is placed in a centrifuge where it is spun at such a high speed, the platelets and plasma separate. The platelet-rich blood is then taken and injected back into your body at the site where your tissue requires healing.
Usually, the damaged tissue is damaged because the cells there are unable to heal themselves. This could be due to age or trauma. In either case, the elements inside your platelet-rich plasma can trigger the healing process, causing your cells to begin the regeneration process and ceasing symptoms of pain associated with the damage.
What is PRP Used For?
While PRP is used for a variety of pain and injury-related medical therapies, it also has cosmetic benefits. Since PRP is made from your own blood, the success rate is high. There is minimal risk of your body rejecting the treatment or of side effects occurring, aside from some tenderness at the injection site. As modern medicine advances the uses for PRP treatment continue to grow. Currently, the main reasons for a PRP injection are:
- Elbow pain
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Joint pain
- Hip pain
- Torn ligament
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bone damage
- Spinal disc damage
- Degraded cartilage
PRP works well as a pain treatment because it tackles the root cause of the pain, rather than treating the symptom of pain. By healing the damaged cells, chronic pain is relieved long-term. Some patients require more than one PRP treatment, depending on desired results, level of pain, and location of the damage.
If you attempt to treat your painful condition with just medication, the reason you are experiencing pain the first place is never addressed. You will just create a cycle of pain management that stretches on without ever really solving the issue at hand. You may also end up causing more damage to your injured, joint, muscle or tendon because you’ll have a false sense of security when the medication has taken effect.
Call KB Chiropractic for a PRP Consultation
If you’re interested in learning more about platelet-rich plasma therapy, or you’re experiencing symptoms which might be helped by regenerative medicine, contact KB Chiropractic. Our experienced team is proud to serve Hudson, NY and surrounding areas. We love hearing from new and returning patients. Call KB Chiropractic at 1-518-380-2432 to schedule a consultation today!