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PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Treatment Is Reliable According To Research
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is somewhat new on the scene with regard to medical technology. Even though PRP in Amarillo is a newer technology and gaining more and more popularity, the research behind it is significant and robust. I think the research is so outstanding because the medical experts have found SO MANY USES for the technology. It is really that impressive.
Since we started offering Amarillo PRP treatment, our search for research backing every aspect of the use of PRP has been surprising and, quite honestly, impressive. PRP, at this point, is well-backed, well-researched, and getting incredible results for just about everything they are testing it for.
So what is PRP exactly and how do they do it?
According to the HSS education site, "Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient's own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces."
WebMD says, "A healthcare professional will collect a small amount of your blood. They will place your blood into a centrifuge. This spins your blood at different speeds until it separates into different layers. One layer is the platelet-rich plasma. This layer of plasma may have as much as three times more platelets than regular blood. The platelet-rich plasma will then be injected into your affected area."
That's when the healing starts! "Once platelets are in the area that’s being treated, they break down and release growth factors, which are compounds that help cells repair and renew. This is thought to trigger your body’s healing process."
Some common treatments for PRP treatment include
- General overall osteoarthritis pain
- Hair regrowth
- Knee pain WebMD said, "Some studies have found that platelet-rich plasma injections significantly reduced pain compared to placebos. People’s physical function also improved significantly. These benefits continued at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups."
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- TMJ pain
- Tennis or Golfer's Elbow
- Ankle pain
- Elbow pain
- ....and a whole lot more like back and neck pain!
WebMD said, "PRP injections are used to treat torn tendons, tendinitis, muscle injuries, arthritis-related pain, and joint injuries. They’re becoming more common for cosmetic procedures, too. For example, dermatologists and hair replacement experts use PRP injections to treat a type of hair loss called androgenic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness, which affects men and women. And some dermatologists provide PRP treatments for the face. (You may have heard these called a “vampire facial.”)"
PRP Therapy in Amarillo may not be right for you if you have:
- Abnormal platelet function or a low platelet count
- An infection
Many of the randomized controlled trials I reviewed on PRP compared PRP therapy to more traditional means of treating these complaints. The more traditional treatments were cortisone and hyaluronic acid. PRP beat them both out in almost all of the head-to-head reviews.
I have seen the PRP therapy be very effective in hair regrowth personally in one of my family members. For the right patient, it is impressive! Read this article from the Mayo Clinic on PRP hair regrowth for more information https://regenerativemedicineblog.mayoclinic.org/2019/10/31/platelet-rich-plasma-found-to-be-effective-in-regrowing-hair/
If someone told me all of this before I researched it for myself, to be honest, I probably wouldn't have believed them. Then I looked it up myself. It makes sense, doesn't it? Using your own body to heal your own body? The best thing about it is that there is basically zero chance of an allergy or immune reaction to PRP treatment since the treatment is from your own blood. Not only that but any side effects or complications are exceedingly rare.
I am a natural skeptic when it comes to 'the next big thing' or 'the shiny new silver bullet' in healthcare marketing and advertisements. It's important to note that I'm not claiming PRP is a silver bullet, but I am telling you that according to the research and the experts performing the research, it sure shows effectiveness. Not only a little bit of effectiveness but significantly effective in most papers.
So, for those of you that are as curious as I am about these things, I wanted to share links to research papers so that you too can educate yourselves and explore what we have brought here to Creek Stone Integrated Medical. Just scan down to the bottom of this article for the list which I've separated into the various complaints or parts of the body the research is relevant to.
We would love to help you with your issues. Pain is what we do here and we get great results through a multimodal approach which includes medical services like PRP, chiropractic, acupuncture, exercise, massage, and more.
Creek Stone Integrated Medical is truly Amarillo's ONLY one-stop healthcare choice for everything short of surgery. So call 806-355-3000 and let's get you set up on our schedule so we can get you back into your life, feeling better, and doing more.
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Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is a Fellowship-trained Neuromusculoskeletal specialist, Orthopedic specialist, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Care at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.