Is PRP Right for Me?

Is PRP Right for Me?

Platelet-rich plasma is a type of regenerative medicine that’s taking the medical community by storm. It’s revolutionary, because it uses your own cells to harness your body’s healing powers, but quicker and more efficiently. With such amazing technology, you may be wondering if PRP could be able to help you.

At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine, our team is ready to get you the expert care you need when you’re suffering from pain in your muscles and joints. Leading our team is Dr. Mark Conliffe, who’s a neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist. Dr. Conliffe offers regenerative medicine treatments, such as PRP, for a number of different conditions.

PRP- What is it?

Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, is a treatment that uses both your platelets and plasma to heal a number of conditions in your body. It’s considered regenerative medicine, because of the way it signals your body to regenerate tissues in specific areas.

Your platelets are what help to clot your blood when you have a cut or bloody nose. Along with clotting, they also contain important growth proteins that allow tissue to generate and to heal the area. This is essentially how PRP works to regenerate damaged tissue within your joints and musculoskeletal system.

For the team to be able to harvest your platelets and plasma, they need to draw blood from your arm. Once the blood is drawn into tubes, it’s taken to a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood down, allowing the whole blood cells to separate from the liquid plasma and platelets.

The plasma and platelets are then extracted from the tubes and prepared for injection. Dr. Conliffe then cleans off the area where you’re getting the injection. He then injects the PRP into the area you’re having pain, where it starts to work immediately. PRP helps to speed up the healing mechanisms in your body, allowing for a quick recovery.

Can PRP help you?

When you’re suffering from pain or immobility because of damage in your musculoskeletal system, Dr. Conliffe suggests PRP therapy for you. Because it’s low-risk and minimally invasive, it’s able to be used early in your treatment regimen to allow for optimal results.

PRP has the ability to help a number of different issues, including arthritis and tendonitis. It also can help when you’ve suffered an injury to your muscles or ligaments as well. But when is PRP considered helpful for you? You’re a good candidate for PRP if you:

Dr. Conliffe takes the time to thoroughly assess your condition to determine if PRP is right for you. If you’ve undergone other conservative measures without significant relief, PRP may be a good option. 

However, PRP isn’t for everyone with an injury or degenerative condition. There are some exclusions that apply when Dr. Conliffe is considering PRP therapy, and they include:

If Dr. Conliffe determines that you don’t have any of the exclusion criteria, and you’re suffering from pain that’s affecting your life, he suggests PRP therapy as an alternative to more invasive treatments.

Benefits of PRP

The great benefit of PRP is that it’s low risk — as it uses your own body’s cells and blood. It takes the guesswork out of using other people’s blood, as that can be risky. There are also a lot of other benefits of this type of treatment, some of which include:

There’s also little to no downtime involved in a PRP injection. You can usually return to your normal activities the same day, although you may want to rest for a few hours to let any discomfort or localized swelling dissipate.

And unlike many other types of treatments, PRP injections continue to work for months after the procedure. Once the growth proteins begin to regenerate tissue, they continue working until the area is adequately healed. This gives you months or years of relief.

If you'd like to learn more about PRP and how it can help you, call our office today at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online with Dr. Conliffe on our website.

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