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Could PRP Be the Answer to Your Chronic Pain?

When you’re in pain, something’s wrong. Either you have damaged tissue that hasn’t healed properly, your body’s in a constant state of inflammation (i.e., locked in an early stage of healing), or one or more of your nerves are impinged.

At Reno Regenerative Medicine in Reno, Nevada, regenerative medicine specialists offer autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for some types of chronic pain. PRP is filtered from your own blood.

How platelets heal

Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood, which conveys all of the nourishment and healing components your body needs to kill pathogens (via white blood cells), nourish tissues with oxygen (via red blood cells), and heal wounds (via the platelets). Platelets are tiny plate-shaped cell fragments that are filled with important healing ingredients, known as growth factors, including:  

Growth factors perform many functions, including:

When you cut yourself or suffer an injury, your blood rushes to the site of damage to wash away and kill bacteria and start the healing process. Your platelets are the component of your blood that coagulates and thickens it, so that the wound stops bleeding and your injured blood vessels can repair themselves.

More platelets heal more

The theory behind developing PRP was that adding extra platelets in higher concentrations would give your body more of the ingredients it needs to repair damage and build new tissue. Though PRP was first used and popularized by superstar athletes who received it to speed up their recoveries, it’s since spread to the mainstream.

When you undergo PRP therapy, your medical provider withdraws a small amount of blood through your arm and then spins the blood in a high-powered centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the platelets from the plasma and other blood components.

To make the PRP serum, The provider then mixes the highly concentrated platelets with a small amount of plasma. They now have a powerhouse of platelets in just a syringe or two of blood. The PRP serum contains up to about 10 times the number of platelets as non-concentrated plasma.

PRP hits the spot

Unlike oral medications that must circulate through your bloodstream before taking effect, your PRP serum goes straight to the site of your injury. Your provider injects damaged tissues and nerves to quiet inflammation, build new vessels, and provide extra growth factors for tissue regeneration.

You may benefit from the supercharged healing powers of PRP if you suffer from chronic:

You may need up to three PRP treatments over a six-month period to get the level of relief you need. However, you may feel a difference a week or two after just one or two treatments, as your tissues and nerves begin the repair and regeneration process. 

To find out if your chronic pain might be reduced with the healing powers of PRP, call us at 775-234-2411 or request an appointment using the easy online form.

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