Why Do I Need PRP If My Body Already Makes Platelets?

Why Do I Need PRP If My Body Already Makes Platelets? | Dr. Nikesh Seth, Scottsdale

Why Do I Need PRP If My Body Already Makes Platelets?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a popular pain treatment offered by Dr. Nikesh Seth. It is one of the many minimally-invasive options available at Integrated Pain Consultants, and what makes it unique is that it utilizes the healing powers of your own body. Platelets are already found in your blood, and they are critical in helping you recover from injuries. Platelets are rushed to injury sites when you hurt yourself, such as an accidental cut when you’re chopping vegetables.

However, platelets have some access issues. Platelets and growth factors in the blood depend on blood—and blood flow—to get to the injury sites. Connective tissues, such as tendons and ligaments, simply don’t have a lot of blood flow. That’s why they’re white while muscles are a nice, rich red. A lack of color and redness is indicative of a lack of blood flow.

If platelets can’t get to an injury site, such as a frayed ligament, they can’t help. PRP therapy uses a small vial of a client’s own blood and separates the platelets and growth factors from the rest of the blood using a centrifuge. Next, the less potent platelets are removed so all that remains are the richest of platelets. These platelets are injected directly into the injury site to encourage natural healing.

PRP therapy simply helps the body heal itself. The amount of blood needed for this procedure is minimal. The process is similar to having a single vial of blood drawn for testing. The injection of the PRP is also minimally invasive and simply uses a needle. The comfort level of the injection of PRP can vary person to person, as well as injection site to injection site. Some injury sites are deeper or more difficult to access than others. However, only local anesthetics are required for any PRP treatment.

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If you prefer an all-natural approach to healing injuries and pain management, PRP might be for you. Call Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552 to learn more about this holistic approach to pain management.

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