Everything You Need to Know About PRP Treatment

Relaxed,Young,Asian,Woman,Enjoying,Rest,On,Comfortable,Sofa,At If you’ve heard the buzz about PRP treatment lately and wondered what it’s all about, you’ve come to the right place. PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, and it has become an increasingly popular treatment for pain relief and tissue healing. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this innovative therapy.

How Does PRP Treatment Work?

During a PRP treatment, a small sample of your own blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other blood components. The concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the injured or damaged area of your body, using ultrasound guidance for precise placement. The high concentration of growth factors and stem cells in the PRP stimulates localized healing and regeneration of tissue. It works to reduce inflammation, promote new blood vessel formation, and accelerate your body’s natural healing response.

What Conditions Can PRP Treat?

Some of the most common uses for PRP include:

  • Treating chronic tendon injuries – tears or inflammation in tendons of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, or ankle.
  • Reducing arthritic knee pain and inflammation.
  • Helping injuries like muscle strains or ligament sprains heal properly.
  • Speeding recovery from fractures or post-surgical repair.
  • Rejuvenating skin through a series of microneedling PRP facials.

The treatment is safe for bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments throughout your entire body. It utilizes your own healing and regenerative cells to target the area of injury or degeneration.

What Happens After the PRP Injection?

After the quick and nearly painless PRP injection, you may feel some mild discomfort or swelling around the injection site for a day or two. This typically resolves with rest, icing, and medication if needed. Your physician will likely recommend taking it easy for a short period of time before beginning light activity. Then, you’ll progress back to your regular activities over the next couple of weeks. Physical therapy is often prescribed to help strengthen the area and ensure proper healing.

Most patients start experiencing significant pain relief and improved function within 4 to 6 weeks after a single PRP treatment. Some may benefit from a second injection if symptoms persist. The entire treatment and recovery is much faster than surgery.

Is PRP Right For You?

Ready to explore if PRP is right for you? Call Oregon Plastic Surgeons today at 503-561-7000 to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Edwin Austin. We’re here to help get you back to 100%!

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