Why Has PRP Become Such a Popular Treatment?

Why Has PRP Become Such a Popular Treatment?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an injectable substance. Although it contains no pharmaceutical medications, a PRP injection can accelerate and enhance the natural healing process for various injuries. If you’re looking for a more natural treatment for a painful musculoskeletal condition, consider PRP at Naples Regenerative Institute in Naples, Florida.

Double board-certified pain management specialist Glenn M. Flanagan, MD, specializes in using revolutionary regenerative therapies to help you heal faster and more effectively. 

PRP is a leading treatment option at Naples Regenerative Institute and can be instrumental in alleviating pain, swelling, and dysfunction. By harnessing your body’s natural healing capabilities, PRP stands out as a natural, minimally invasive option for treatment with a low complication rate. 

PRP has been around for decades, mostly as a treatment for athletes with orthopedic injuries. Today, its popularity skyrockets across multiple medical specialties, including pain management and orthopedics. Keep reading to find out why. 

Where does PRP come from?

Platelet-rich plasma isn’t a medication, and it isn’t synthesized in a lab. When you receive PRP injections at Naples Regenerative Institute, Dr. Flanagan obtains the substance by processing a sample of your blood. 

Your blood sample changes in composition in a centrifuge. Specifically, all of the components in your blood separate into distinct layers. After removing blood cells, concentrated platelets containing growth factors are suspended in plasma to prepare your PRP sample. 

Blood platelets play a critical role in your natural healing process. They release growth factors to initiate tissue repair. When injected near musculoskeletal damage, PRP simply augments the healing process that happens automatically. 

The powerful properties of PRP

PRP contains at least 3-5 times the number of growth factors typically found in a blood sample, and Dr. Flanagan uses a hemoanalyzer in his office to track the dose of each PRP treatment, allowing him to concentrate samples as high as 15 times the starting platelet count. The growth factors and platelets can stimulate or speed up the healing process of a musculoskeletal injury or degenerative condition. That includes soft tissue injuries, cartilage injuries, and bone healing. 

Not only does PRP speed up the healing process, but it also may promote a longer-lasting recovery. Personalized PRP injection treatments at Naples Regenerative Institute can result in significant pain reduction and continued functional improvements for months or years. These treatments are low-risk, minimally invasive, and rarely cause side effects. 

Choosing PRP for your treatment 

Dr. Flanagan works closely with you to decide if PRP is the right fit for your care plan. It often works best within a comprehensive treatment program complete with physical therapy, other regenerative therapies, and additional strategies. 

Though results vary, PRP can be an excellent choice of treatment for:

PRP can increase healing in tissues with high or low blood supply. Dr. Flanagan uses ultrasound guidance during the procedure to ensure the growth factors are delivered to the optimal area. 

PRP could change the course of your musculoskeletal health for the better. If you experience pain, stiffness, or dysfunction because of a musculoskeletal injury or degenerative condition, call Naples Regenerative Institute to request an appointment today. 

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