03 Dec Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) FAQs
Regenerative medicine has made a splash in the world of medical treatments and over the years has gained a lot of popularity and publicity. Regenerative treatments combine many different fields of science from biology to computer sciences in the hopes of understanding and utilizing the human body’s natural structures and processes of restoration to treat what we used to think were untreatable injuries or diseases. There are two most common forms of regenerative medicine that the Regenerative Stem Cell Institute stem cell therapy in Chicago offers patients: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy.
Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy oftentimes gets lost in the large shadow that stem cell therapy has cast but PRP therapy is very effective in treating an array of ailments. Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is a great alternative to many more invasive forms of treatment and is gaining popularity in the treatment of orthopedic injury and in the world of anti-aging therapy. Below we will explore some common questions patients ask before deciding if PRP therapy is right for them.
WHAT IS PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY
PRP therapy is one of the least dangerous or risky procedures regenerative medical professionals can perform. Plasma exists in everyone’s blood and mostly consists of proteins and water that helps the red and white blood cells, as well as the platelets, move freely within the body. Platelets are a type of blood cell that helps blood clot, and once the platelets are injected back into the body at the site of injury, they release different growth factors that help damaged cells repair themselves.
By utilizing the natural healing process that platelet-rich plasma provides, patients are able to benefit from the use of their own blood to help stimulate and hasten the healing process. Doctors at the Regenerative Stem Cell Institute recommend PRP therapy in conjunction with stem cell injections in Chicago to receive maximum healing benefits.
IS PRP THERAPY SAFE
Yes, most certainly so! Platelet-rich plasma therapy carries one of the lowest levels of danger or risk. With that being said, PRP therapy is a medical procedure and does have some risk of infection because of the delivery method being an injection but the risk of infection is virtually nil. Anytime the skin is punctured there is some level of risk, but because the platelet-rich plasma is derived directly from the patient’s own body, there is no risk of the treatment being rejected like some stem cell therapies.
IDEAL CANDIDATES FOR TREATMENT
Patients who have exhausted all other non-invasive treatment options and do not want to have major surgery or medication regimes are the most ideal candidates for PRP treatment. The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute PRP therapy and stem cell injections Chicago treats patients with a range of orthopedic injuries and mostly those injuries of the joints. Shoulder, knee, elbow, ankle/feet, and wrist injuries are the most commonly and most effectively treated cases as the platelet-rich plasma has been shown on MRI and CT scans to help regenerate and repair damaged tissues.
Additionally, PRP therapy has been used to help combat aging and unwanted wrinkles as well as for hair loss and hair follicle repair. PRP therapy is a great regenerative medicine alternative that is being used all over the world to help patients heal without major invasive surgery.