Understanding Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

December 6, 2018

Naturally, here at Walk-In to Wellness, a premier, primary care walk-in clinic in Coral Springs, we embrace regenerative medicine.  Regenerative medicine is the phrase being used to describe Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP), and it’s right on point. It’s a process that uses one’s own blood to stimulate healing after an injury. It also works well as a facial, a cosmetic procedure which is growing in popularity.

What is PRP Therapy?

Let’s begin with some biology. Our blood has four components, two of which are platelets and plasma (the other two are red and white blood cells). Platelets, which are actually small fragments of cells, help the blood clot, while plasma transports blood cells throughout the body.  Plasma also contains proteins called growth factors that play a pivotal role in helping to heal our injuries – again, regenerative medicine.

Now, onto the treatment process itself. As we mentioned earlier, PRP comes from your own blood. Once the blood is drawn, it’s placed into a centrifuge, which separates blood components. The PRP is then given to you, the patient, by injection.

Uses for PRP Therapy

Though PRP therapy hasn’t been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), it’s being widely studied and is the subject for many clinical trials, including those examining joint preservation,  early knee articular degenerative pathologychronic patellar tendinopathy, and more.  And According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), researchers are closely monitoring the effectiveness of PRP in the following applications:

  • Chronic Tendon Injuries (tennis elbow, Achilles tendon injuries)
  • Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries
  • Surgery/Post-Surgical Repair
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Fractures

Other reports say researchers are also studying PRP for hair loss in men, and osteoarthritis. More patients here in the U.S. and around the globe are embracing PRP therapy, while many of us in the medical field are excited about its vast potential.

Have You Tried the PRP Facial  

Another exciting use for Platelet Rich Plasma is for a PRP facelift, also known as the vampire facial.  During the procedure, blood is drawn from you and is then injected back into your face. The PRP Facial is said to stimulate the growth of collagen and healthy skin cells.

Talk to Us About PRP Therapy

Here at Walk-In to Wellness, where we take a whole-person approach to good health and wellness, we’re excited about PRP therapy and would love to personally discuss this treatment with you. We can also talk about other natural therapies, treatments, and services we offer, to help put you on a track to optimal wellness.

Let’s Connect and Start Your Journey to Wellness with Us

Walk-In to Wellness specializes in effective treatments for patients who want to get the most out of life. We offer a range of non-medicinal, alternative treatments for common health and wellness ailments. So if you need PRP therapy to ease your joint, muscular or skin ailments, take the first steps to feeling better by messaging us. We prefer texts over phone calls, ensuring a quicker response. The journey to wellness starts by walking in, and Walk-In to Wellness will help you get there, every step of the way. Here’s to great health! Visit walkintowellness.com today.