Is PRP for Me?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may be the right choice when you need relief from the pain of an injury or degenerative condition, or when you have damaged tissues that are taking too long to heal. 

As specialists in regenerative medicine, we at iMed Regeneration Center want you to learn about PRP and how it could help you. Our medical team performs a complete examination, answers your questions, and offers a recommendation about whether PRP is for you.

In the meantime, here’s some information about how PRP works and when it may be time to consider PRP injections.

How PRP works

Knowing how PRP works makes it easier to decide if PRP could be a good choice for you. We make PRP from your own blood in our office. We simply take a blood sample and process it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets and plasma.

As soon as your PRP is ready, our regenerative medicine specialist, Patty Beecroft, MD, immediately injects it directly at the site of your damaged tissues.

As platelets reach inflamed and injured tissues, they release proteins called growth factors that:

As platelets set these healing activities into motion, your pain and mobility gradually improve.

Give conventional medicine a chance

PRP is seldom the first line of treatment for injuries, arthritis, or any type of musculoskeletal condition. Your treatment starts with conventional medical care such as medications, rest, activity modification, steroid injections, and physical therapy and rehabilitation.

If your pain persists or gets worse despite medical care, then the next step is considering PRP. In other words, PRP may be right for you if your initial treatments failed.

Health conditions treated with PRP

PRP is an especially beneficial option for soft tissue injuries affecting your tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Regenerative therapy using PRP is also a good choice for inflammatory conditions.

These are a few examples of health conditions we often treat with PRP:

Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list, but if you have one of these conditions or similar problems, PRP may be an important part of your treatment.

PRP supports a slow-healing wound

We often recommend PRP to patients who have a slow-healing wound, a problem that often develops due to:

Age

As you get older, your body’s healing response slows down, often getting sluggish enough to make it hard for wounds to heal. Age also increases your risk of developing health conditions like diabetes and venous insufficiency that interfere with healing.

A severe wound

You can be in great health, but a severe wound may overwhelm your body’s natural healing cells and slow down the healing process.

Poor blood supply

Blood delivers the platelets, stem cells, oxygen, and nutrients needed for healing. As a result, a limited blood supply can prevent healing. Unfortunately, some of the tissues in your body naturally lack enough blood. 

For example, your tendons have a poor blood supply and some parts of the meniscus in your knee don’t receive any blood directly. PRP is often a good option when you injure one of these tissues.

PRP is not for you when …

PRP isn’t a good option for everyone. You may take medications or have a health condition that prevents you from receiving a PRP injection. We generally don’t administer PRP if you have an active infection, cancer, angina, or anemia.

You won’t qualify for PRP if you have a bleeding disorder, a low platelet count, or low blood volume. And you can’t have a PRP injection if you take anticoagulants or fibrinolytic drug therapy.

If you have ongoing pain or a slow-healing injury and you’d like to learn more about PRP, call us at iMed Regeneration Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, or schedule an appointment online.

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