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How PRP Therapy Accelerates the Healing Process

How PRP Therapy Accelerates the Healing Process

When you injure yourself, most likely your first thought is — how long is it going to take to heal? Or if you suffer from acute or chronic pain, you need relief quickly.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections might be your answer. This method of treatment has proven to be so promising that even some of the most elite athletes in the world have benefited from it.

Dr. Ronak Patel and our team provide PRP therapy at Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute in Plainsboro and Manalapan Township, New Jersey, targeting injuries and pain conditions to give you the relief you need.

How PRP works

PRP is a type of regenerative medicine we use to treat the injured or painful areas in your body that need healing. What’s interesting is that PRP is not a ready-made treatment. The “medicine” actually comes from you. 

Here’s how it works:

When you come in for your appointment, we withdraw a sample of your blood from your arm and put it in a centrifuge, which spins it at an extremely high speed. 

This process separates the platelet and growth factor portion of your blood from the red and white blood cells. We then inject the platelet-rich blood portion into the area that needs treatment. Once we inject it, the PRP actively accelerates healing for about 24 hours. 

The healing power of PRP

When you bleed, your platelets rush to the injured area. They contain growth factors, which are special proteins that facilitate immediate repair and new tissue growth.

These growth factors also attract blood flow and stem cells to your damaged area, causing collagen production. The combination of these natural abilities working together produces a rapid healing process.

PRP promotes healing for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. During your consultation, we assess your condition to determine if PRP is right for you. For example, PRP isn’t recommended if you take blood thinners, have low platelet counts, have cancer, are pregnant, or have an infection of some kind.

Other benefits of PRP

Not only does PRP promote healing for your pain and injuries, but the treatment also:

PRP is a future-forward treatment with a patient-centered approach. For many of the patients we treat with PRP therapy, the healing power of the treatment proves to be effective. 

When you heal quickly and your pain subsides, you can get back to your normal, daily routine and participate in your physical activities again. PRP therapy can help you do these things sooner than later.

To learn more about how PRP can enhance your healing process, reach out by phone or use the online booking tool today. 

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