What Makes PRP Therapy So Effective?

PRP Therapy Vampire Facials

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy treats everything from tennis elbow to facial wrinkles. At Pacific Wellness of Ventura, we help your body heal itself with PRP injections. But just what makes PRP therapy so effective? Here’s what our medical wellness specialist, Dr. Cedric Emery, wants you to understand about PRP

What is PRP therapy?

PRP therapy is a relatively new procedure that harnesses the power of your own platelets, the clotting components of blood that contain growth factors that promote healing. Top professional athletes have had PRP therapy to treat their sports injuries and speed healing.

Your blood consists of a liquid, called plasma, and solids, like red and white blood cells and platelets. PRP consists of plasma souped up with more platelets — 5-10 times more — than normally found in blood.

To make the preparation, Dr. Emery draws a small vial of your blood, about 30 milliliters, then puts some into a centrifuge, a spinning machine that uses centrifugal force to separate blood components. He then combines the platelet-rich plasma with your remaining blood and injects the PRP into the injured or diseased area. The growth factors that platelets secrete promote tissue recovery.

Dr. Emery can use an anesthetic if necessary during the treatment, which takes about 30 minutes or less, depending on the treatment area.

The PRP injection speeds healing, although scientists still don’t know exactly how. You might experience an increase in pain in the first week or two after the injection, but that should lessen or abate within several weeks.

Golf star Tiger Woods received PRP injections in his left knee following surgery more than a decade ago, and retired major league pitcher Takashi Saito also turned to PRP therapy to extend his career.

Why is PRP therapy so effective?

PRP uses your body’s healing mechanisms to relieve pain and speed up tissue recovery. PRP therapy can reduce the need for surgery, anti-inflammatories, or painkillers like opioids.

Unlike cortisone shots, which can weaken cartilage and tendons, PRP appears to strengthen these structures and promote healing, rather than just masking pain.

What conditions can PRP therapy treat?

PRP therapy can treat a host of injuries and chronic conditions, among them:

Dr. Emery also uses PRP to treat hair loss and in Vampire Facials®, which improve the tone and appearance of skin after microdermabrasion.

If you’re interested in PRP therapy for an injury, contact Dr. Emery online or over the phone for a consultation.

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