What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance found in your own blood that contains healing materials, like white blood cells, growth factors, and stem cell markers. These materials are important for the repair and regeneration of damaged tissue.

At Halper Family Medicine, Dr. Halper can recommend PRP therapy to help alleviate pain and effectively heal from conditions like:

  • Nerve damage
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Degenerative joint diseases

The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and other symptoms associated with your condition. For many, PRP therapy can often prolong or prevent the need for surgery.

After a review of your medical history and a physical exam of the injured area, Dr. Halper can determine if this is the right treatment for you.

What can I expect during PRP therapy?

Dr. Halper performs PRP therapy in the Halper Family Medicine office for your comfort and convenience. He first withdraws a sample of your blood and must prepare it in a centrifuge device, which quickly spins to separate plasma from other materials.

The resulting fluid contains a high concentration of PRP, which Dr. Halper injects into the injured area. To ensure your comfort, he can first use a topical agent to numb the skin at the injection sites.

Typically, a PRP session lasts about 30 minutes, and you can return home after treatment without any limitations.

How long does it take to see the results of PRP therapy?

It takes time for new tissue to develop. The growth factors in PRP encourage stem cells to rebuild areas of damaged tissue, and in the weeks after treatment, you can expect benefits like:

  • Reduced pain
  • Increased strength
  • Improved overall functionality

Within 4-6 weeks of treatment, you should see the optimum benefits of PRP therapy. Depending on your injury or condition, additional PRP injections may be necessary to help you achieve maximum results.

Are there side effects of PRP therapy?

Because Dr. Halper uses your own blood plasma for treatment, your risks for side effects, like allergic reactions or rejection, are minimal. Any swelling or bruising in the injection site is temporary and resolves without further treatment.

In many cases, PRP therapy can reduce other health risks, such as a dependence on pain medications or the need for invasive surgery. PRP therapy can also increase your overall functionality so that you can stay mobile and enjoy a more active lifestyle.

If you’re looking for an alternative to chronic pain from damaged joints or tissue, consider the benefits of in-office PRP therapy. You can schedule a consultation at Halper Family Medicine online or by calling the office nearest you today.