Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has received extensive publicity for helping famous athletes like golfer Tiger Woods and tennis star Rafael Nadal. The highly trained medical providers at Northview Medical offer PRP therapy at their practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming. To find out if PRP is right for you, call to book an appointment today.
PRP is a concentrated solution of platelets that comes from your own blood. Along with red and white blood cells, your blood contains solid components called platelets. Though they’re best known for their role in forming clots, platelets also contain hundreds of special proteins called growth factors. These proteins are essential for your body’s natural healing process.
PRP contains about 5-10 times more platelets, and therefore 5-10 times more growth factors, than regular blood. This is because the family nurse practitioner at Northview Medical processes your blood in a centrifuge to isolate PRP.
When they re-inject the PRP into an area of injury or tissue damage, the growth factors speed up the healing process and stimulate your body to create healthy new cells.
Medical providers use PRP for numerous purposes, from helping with post-surgical recovery to treating hair loss. The family nurse practitioner at Northview Medical uses PRP to treat a variety of conditions, including:
PRP is a type of regenerative medicine that aims to restore normal function and range of motion without medication or surgery.
First, your provider at Northview Medical carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for PRP. They may also take diagnostic imaging tests, like an X-ray.
To prepare PRP, your provider draws a small amount of blood from your arm and processes it to separate the platelets. Then, they inject the PRP into the treatment area, where the platelets break down and release growth factors over time. The entire process takes about 30 minutes and occurs right in the Northview Medical office.
It’s normal to feel an increase in discomfort immediately after the PRP injection. This typically fades within a few days. Because PRP comes from your blood, there’s little to no risk of complications.
To learn more about PRP for knee, hip, and shoulder pain, call Northview Medical and book an appointment today.