Your body has some amazing capabilities that modern medicine is currently harvesting to help you heal. At iMed Regeneration Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jason Keller, DC, often implements platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into treatment plans to expedite the healing process. If you’d like to learn more about PRP or find out if it’s an appropriate addition to your chiropractic treatment, call to schedule your consultation or book online today.
Plasma is the liquid component of your blood that houses your blood cells. One blood cell type, called platelets, has the critical job of clotting your blood to help heal injuries. They’re responsible for creating scabs and stopping you from bleeding. Platelets also contain vital growth factors that help stimulate new tissue regeneration and repair.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance acquired from your own blood containing plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Generally, you’ll find 5-10 times more platelets in PRP than your normal blood. When injected near an injury, it speeds up the healing process.
When combined with other treatments, PRP injections have several benefits for patients with joint injuries:
You’re more likely to benefit from your PRP injections if you follow Dr. Keller’s instructions throughout the process. Stick with your treatment plan and continue with any prescribed medications and rehabilitation activities that Dr. Keller suggests.
PRP injections are often used to speed up injury healing for professional athletes and other patients who rely on their injured joint’s movement in their daily lives. It’s also commonly used alongside cosmetic treatments like microneedling to improve the appearance of skin blemishes and scars or to stimulate hair growth.
At iMed Regeneration Center, Dr. Keller injects your platelet-rich plasma into injured joints to help heal them and relieve pain. Common types of injuries that can benefit from PRP joint injections are:
PRP injections for these and other injury types can help you avoid using medications and treatments with additional risks. Since the substance comes from your own body, there is little to no chance of an infection or other complications that might worsen your injury.
At your appointment, Dr. Keller draws one or two vials of your blood from which he’ll derive the PRP. He places your blood sample into a machine called a centrifuge that spins for about 15 minutes, causing your blood’s components to separate into layers according to their density.
Dr. Keller removes the layer of concentrated platelets for the injection.
To find out if PRP injections have a place in your chiropractic treatment plan, call iMed Regeneration Center’s office or book your appointment online today.