Regenerative medicine has made incredible advancements in the last few decades, and at the Family Wellness Centre of Freeport, The Bahamas, we have worked to make the latest techniques available to your family since 2002. One of the most effective regenerative medicine options today is PRP therapy. But what is PRP therapy? Most importantly, who can benefit from it, and is it really safe?
What Is PRP?
“PRP” stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. Normally, platelets make up a small percentage of your blood’s volume, but in PRP therapy, a small amount of blood is drawn and the red and white cells are removed to increase the concentration of platelets. When the PRP has been prepared, it can be injected into nearly any part of your body. PRP triggers your body’s natural healing mechanisms to renew your cells and restore their functions. Even if you’ve never heard of it before, PRP has actually been the subject of research for several decades.
The Future of Regenerative Medicine
Many in the scientific community have hailed PRP as a panacea of sorts: a simple technique that works in nearly every situation. It will be a prominent technique in the future as doctors discover more applications for PRP, but it already has quite an established history as a safe and effective treatment in many circumstances. It was first developed more than 50 years ago to help patients recover from invasive surgeries. When its benefits became clear, more doctors applied it to their procedures.
Over the past 20 years, researchers have discovered dozens of ways to put PRP to use. Sports medicine was one of the first, and several well-known athletes have touted their use of PRP therapy to help them recover from injuries more quickly.
How Does PRP Work?
When platelet-rich plasma is injected into your body, it basically kick-starts your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Whenever you get injured, your body concentrates blood in the damaged area to create a concentration of platelets. This signals to your body that it needs to begin the healing process.
Healthy cells will divide and produce brand new ones, while damaged cells will die off. The beauty of PRP therapy is that we need not be injured to trigger the body’s natural healing process. The process is almost completely painless and can be performed in a matter of minutes.
Who Benefits From PRP Therapy?
Nearly anyone can benefit from PRP therapy. However, its effects are usually more noticeable in older patients. Aging does gradual, progressive damage to cells that accumulates as you get older, and PRP therapy will cause the body to remove those old, damaged cells at a quicker rate to be replaced with fresh ones your body will create. The more your cells have aged, the more you may notice the benefits of PRP therapy.
What Conditions Does PRP Therapy Treat?
As this is a form of regenerative medicine, it works wonders against degenerative conditions. For example, if you experience joint pain in your knees, the problem won’t simply get better on its own. It’s degenerative, as you have to use your joints daily. PRP therapy can sometimes reverse that damage.
PRP therapy is also very useful when you have a persistent problem that just won’t go away. Ulcers and bed-sores are good examples, as these are a product of your environment and habits, some of which are impossible to change. PRP therapies can also be applied to many parts of the body to improve their function. For example, PRP treatments for hair loss and erectile dysfunction have proven very effective, and PRP therapy can reverse skin damage, reduce wrinkles, and improve your overall appearance.
How Safe Is PRP Therapy?
One of the best things about PRP therapy is that is one of the safest forms of treatment available, and there are two reasons for this. One is that the treatment itself is minimally invasive, and the other is that the medicine comes from each patient through what is called an autologous treatment.
Minimally Invasive Treatment
PRP treatments are administered via injection. Doctors may apply local anesthesia to sensitive areas if you prefer to be more comfortable. However, for many PRP treatments, this is unnecessary. It is not uncommon for a PRP therapy session to last less than 20 minutes. Compared to surgeries or more invasive procedures, PRP therapy is much safer. There is nearly zero risk of infection, and you will not need to rest long to recover or take time off of work.
An autologous treatment is one that uses material derived from your own body, and PRP treatments are produced from each patient’s own blood. By using treatments made from a patient’s body, there is no chance of cross-contamination or rejection of the treatment as can sometimes happen with therapies made from donor material.
Another advantage of autologous treatments is that they can be performed very quickly. Instead of having to wait to find a compatible donor to provide the source material, a doctor can simply draw it from the patient. It takes only a few minutes to prepare PRP from your blood, and then the treatment can begin immediately.
Discover the Benefits for Yourself
If you want to learn more about our PRP therapy options, contact the Family Wellness Centre of Freeport, The Bahamas today. We can evaluate your situation to determine what therapies would best suit you. Our staff looks forward to helping you feel stronger and healthier than ever before.