Traditional medicine often focuses on providing treatments that help manage your symptoms and disease, not cure it. But researchers are investigating alternative treatments to improve health instead of masking it. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a form of regenerative medicine that’s used to accelerate your body’s own healing powers to repair damaged tissue and resolve your condition altogether. Michael Neret, MD, in Bay City, Texas, offers PRP as a treatment option to heal diseased and damaged tissue. To learn more, call the office, or book online today.
PRP is a form of regenerative medicine used to improve your body’s ability to heal itself. It contains a high concentration of the cells in your blood that support healing and tissue regeneration, including platelets, growth factors, and specialized cells.
The PRP used for treatment is made from a sample of your own blood. To create your PRP, the team at Michael Neret, MD, draws a sample from your arm and then spins it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets, growth factors, and specialized cells from the other components in your blood.
When PRP is injected into your diseased or damaged tissue, the healing cells begin to repair the damage, while also signaling the other healing cells in the area to improve the process.
The team at Michael Neret, MD, determine if you’re a good candidate for PRP during a consultation. PRP therapy is more invasive than other treatments and may not be recommended until you’ve failed to get improvements or pain relief from more conservative methods.
PRP is used as a treatment option for many health conditions, including:
PRP injections are also used as a method to accelerate healing after a surgical procedure.
The team at Michael Neret, MD, performs your PRP treatment at the office. After drawing and preparing your blood, the team has you lie on an exam table. You may be given a local anesthetic prior to your PRP injections to minimize pain.
To ensure accuracy of your injection, the team at Michael Neret, MD, use a C-arm X-ray machine, which provides guided imagery and assists in the proper placement of the needle for your injection.
The team may request you stay at the office for a set period of time following your PRP injection for observation. You should be able to resume your usual activities after treatment unless otherwise directed by the team.
You may notice swelling and inflammation after your PRP treatment, but this is normal and indicates the cells are at work healing and repairing the damage. The team recommends you not use any anti-inflammatory medication prior to or after your PRP treatment as it may decrease its effectiveness.
You should start to notice an improvement in pain and function within a few weeks of your injection, with continued improvements over the next several months. The team may suggest more than one PRP treatment to get the most benefits.
To learn more about PRP and its uses, call Michael Neret, MD, or request an appointment online today.