Bodies were designed to heal themselves. But sometimes bodies need a little help.
And what better help than a product of one’s own body – intensified?
Realizing the potential of PRP – or platelet rich plasma – Dr. Andrew J. Roy, D.C., founder of Advanced Wellness & Rehab, a full rehab facility, brought on board about three months ago Dr. Stephen Grillot, D.O., a trained professional in PRP therapy.
When you tear or injure the tissue it’s the platelets that are responsible for healing and repairing damaged tissue.
PRP therapy is a minimally-invasive organic treatment that speeds up healing. There’s little, if any, downtime – but the bonus of long-term effects.
To perform the procedure:
- A few vials of blood are taken from the patient.
- The blood is processed, spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets from each other.
- The resulting PRP has a concentration of platelets that is four to seven times higher than found in blood alone.
- Patients have the option of giving blood in the morning and returning later, or hanging out for the 45 minutes or so, until the PRP is ready for injection into the affected area.
- PRP then signals the stem cells and regenerative cells to repair and rebuild the damaged tissue.
Are there any side-effects?
PRP comes with little to no risk when performed by a trained professional. And there are far fewer side effects than when compared to steroid injections or surgery. There’s also no concern of an allergic reaction to a medication, since it uses the patient’s own blood.
While there’s always the slight risk for an infection in an injection site – something that hasn’t been seen at Advanced Wellness & Rehab – the most common side effect is a patient getting woozy from giving blood
PRP – a natural enemy of osteoarthritis
PRP therapy is particularly encouraging in the treatment of osteoarthritis – a chronic disease of the joint cartilage and bone – because along with renewing and regenerating tissue, it helps promote regrowth of collagen and collagen fibers.
Collagen is the essential protein in cartilage, the slippery material that cushions the ends of the bones in a joint.
This is basically what is happening inside the joint of a patient with osteoarthritis:
- The cartilage wears away.
- Without that cartilage cushion, bone can rub on bone.
- The tissue that lines the joint can become inflamed.
- The ligaments can loosen.
- The muscles around the joint can weaken.
- The patient feels pain, causing limitations in movement.
PRP therapy, then, has the potential to positively impact all the affected joint components.
Although it typically takes four to six weeks to see the treatment’s full potential, some notice improvement right away.
In more advanced cases, two or three treatments might be required.
Other uses for PRP
Along with osteoarthritis, Dr. Grillot has treated patients with fibromyalgia, failed back surgery and even Meniere’s disease – an inner ear disorder that causes vertigo. PRP therapy has also been effective in treating:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Knee injuries involving ligaments or tendons
- Tendonitis, such as for golfers’ or tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- An injured Achilles tendon or plantar fasciitis
- Sports injuries
To find out if you’re a candidate for PRP therapy, contact Advanced Wellness & Rehab for a free consultation. Keep in mind that if osteoarthritis of the knee has also caused back pain, for example, the rehab services offered along with PRP therapy can address it all.