Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a cutting-edge innovation in the fields of pain management and regenerative medicine.
For Micheal Minehart, MD, the goal of providing the best therapeutic outcomes entails enhancing the natural healing process and reducing pain. His practice, the Advanced Pain Institute in Arcadia, California provides specialized treatment, focusing on interventional pain management for the treatment of chronic pain. As such, it offers PRP as a non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical option to help patients feel better and relieve joint pain and other injuries by promoting their own growth factors and platelets.
Technically known as Platelet Rich Plasma injections, PRP utilizes a component of your blood known as platelets. Human blood contains plasma, platelets, and red and white blood cells. Platelets primarily clot blood after injuries, but they are also rich with proteins that are pivotal in the healing process. PRP can be thought of as plasma that’s infused with these healing platelets. Using PRP for chronic pain or injuries can speed up the body’s healing process, promoting your return to full health.
Using PRP to promote healing begins with drawing an amount of blood from the body, then the platelets will be separated and enriched. Afterwards, the enriched platelets will be returned to your circulatory system. Ordinarily, the PRP will be introduced directly into the injured area. With this method the healing process will be sped up, chronic pain will be reduced, and you can return to normal life.
PRP treatment can address a variety of issues, but it is most useful in treating chronic injuries and conditions. PRP can be used to address recurring tendon injuries, accelerate post-surgical healing, and bring pain relief in conditions such as arthritis and chronic pain. For those with persistent conditions, PRP may be the right treatment.
The risks of PRP treatment are minimal compared to other treatments for chronic conditions. There may be slight pain around the injection site, but that is normal.
Interested in Platelet Rich Plasma treatment in the Arcadia, California area? Be sure to bring your questions to Dr. Minehart at the Advanced Pain Institute. He can advise whether PRP is right for you.