If you haven’t heard of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), this is your chance to learn about its revolutionary recent developments. PRP is a substance that a medical professional can derive from a sample of your blood, isolating the platelet growth factors (PGFs) that make tissue healing and regeneration possible.
By injecting PRP into damaged or dysfunctional tissues, more growth factors will flock to the area to facilitate healing. The treatment has remarkable implications for painful injuries and disorders, including tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis.
Double board-certified pain medicine specialist Glenn M. Flanagan, MD, is one of a few pioneering providers of PRP treatments for musculoskeletal pain. He has helped launch a nationwide outcome-tracking project with colleagues across the United States to monitor data on PRP treatments and adjust protocols accordingly.
The in-office analyzer at Naples Regenerative Institute in Naples, Florida, empowers Dr. Flanagan to track and optimize the number of platelets in your treatment. As a result, you receive the best possible outcome from PRP injections in your spine or joints.
More isn’t always better
While tracking your platelet dosage for PRP treatments, Dr. Flanagan isn’t necessarily looking to increase the number of platelets in your treatment. Other factors can influence PRP treatment effectiveness, including the number of growth factors in your plasma, like hepatic and insulin-like growth factors.
Sometimes too many PGFs in PRP treatment is bad news. Some research suggests that very high growth factor concentrations aren’t just unhelpful – they could be counterproductive for healing.
Furthermore, your biology is unique to you. Not only is your platelet count naturally different from other people’s, but your body reacts to treatment uniquely. Optimization can also vary between tissue types, differing between high blood supply soft tissues and low blood supply cartilage.
By tracking the platelet dosage in your PRP treatments at Naples Regenerative Institute, Dr. Flanagan can measure your results and adjust your dosage according to personal data on what works best for you.
Lower risk of side effects
PRP has earned its status as a desirable pain management option due to its low risk of side effects compared to the continuous use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other comparable treatments. Although PRP is low-risk, optimizing the number of platelets in your treatment could help you avoid potential mild treatment side effects like the following:
- Excess bleeding
- Tissue damage
- Injured nerves
Improper dosing of PRP could slow your healing or make side effects more likely.
Find out how PRP can help you today
Trust Dr. Flanagan for regenerative treatments like PRP and blood marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC). They produce exceptional results thanks to platelet dosage analysis and tracking.
Call Naples Regenerative Institute to discuss your treatment options or schedule a consultation online at your earliest convenience.