What Makes PRP Therapy So Effective?

What Makes PRP Therapy So Effective?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance made from components in your body that support tissue repair and regeneration.

At St. Michael’s Neurology and Pain Medicine in Houston, Texas, Miguel Pappolla, MD, offers regenerative medicine treatments like PRP therapy to support the healing of soft tissues damaged by injuries or disease. 

Dr. Pappolla and our team can use PRP therapy to treat a range of conditions, so you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief.

What to know about PRP therapy

The substances that make up your blood include red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. When you get a cut, your body sends a rush of platelets to the injury site to stop bleeding. Platelets also trigger new tissue growth, forming a scab over the cut during the healing process.

In PRP therapy, we draw a sample of your blood to create a plasma that has a high concentration of platelets. We put your blood in a fast-spinning centrifuge which separates the platelets from other blood materials.

The resulting platelet-rich plasma is what Dr. Papolla injects into injured soft tissues to help them heal. Injections of PRP stimulate your body to send more blood to the site to support healing.

Platelets also contain growth factors that regenerate new, healthy tissue cells to replace old, damaged cells.

The effectiveness of PRP therapy

PRP therapy is highly effective in the treatment of soft tissue injuries because it addresses the underlying cause of pain and dysfunction.

As new tissue grows, you experience less pain and increased flexibility in the injured area. PRP therapy also reduces inflammation in your body, so soft tissues can heal faster and more efficiently.

Many people who undergo PRP therapy find they can reduce their reliance on pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications. You may also be able to put off or avoid surgery for certain conditions.

Because PRP therapy is minimally invasive, you can receive your injections during an in-office visit and go back to your usual activities with minimal downtime.

Candidates for PRP therapy

To find out if PRP therapy is right for you, Dr. Papolla and our team spend time reviewing your medical history, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. We also offer comprehensive physical exams to assess your flexibility and function.

We may recommend PRP therapy to treat a wide range of conditions that cause persistent back pain, neck pain, and joint pain, such as:

Dr. Pappolla uses advanced imaging technologies to help guide the needle into a precise location within your joint or soft tissues. This ensures you receive the full regenerative benefits of the PRP.

You may not see immediate results from PRP therapy because it takes time for inflammation to subside and new cells to form, so the tissue can heal fully. However, in the months after your injections, you should notice a significant improvement in your condition.

To find out how PRP therapy can provide long-lasting relief of chronic pain, call St. Michael’s Neurology and Pain Medicine or book a consultation online today. 

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