About PRP Therapy
Plasma is the clear liquid portion of the blood that is made up of antibodies, clotting factors (platelets), and nutrient-rich proteins (albumin and fibrinogen). Its job is to carry these essential components throughout the body and to remove cell waste. When plasma is separated from the blood, it can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including inflammation that is caused by osteoarthritis. At Tricity Pain Associates, we are excited to offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to those who are suffering from chronic pain. PRP therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a patient's own blood supply to promote the natural cell regeneration process. It has been used in the medical field for many years to aid in wound healing, injured muscles, torn ligaments, and joint pain. Reach out to one of our Texas locations to learn more about this renowned treatment.
Since PRP is an all-natural treatment, there are no adverse effects or risks of an allergic reaction, making it a great option for both men and women who are suffering from chronic pain. It is also an alternative to more invasive therapies that create unwanted side effects. Ideal candidates must be in overall good health, have no signs of infection, and do not have certain blood or bleeding disorders. PRP therapy is not recommended for patients who are anemic or pregnant.
PRP treatments are performed on-site at our office in one of our private procedure rooms. When patients come in for their appointment, they will be seated comfortably as a small amount of blood is taken from their arm. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge machine, which spins the sample for about 15 minutes to separate the different components. Once the plasma is ready, it will be placed in a sterilized needle to be injected into the appropriate treatment site. The injection releases your own growth factors to promote cell repair for optimal healing of injured or inflamed tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Arthritis has also shown great results from PRP therapy. Once your treatment is complete, you will be free to return to your usual activities.
What to Expect?
PRP therapy is a temporary treatment and the longevity of your results will vary, which is why multiple sessions may be necessary to attain the best results. The severity of your condition will also play a key factor in your healing process, but many patients notice improved results after about two weeks. We recommend that you keep a journal to record your pain level and healing progress. This will also help us to determine when we should schedule your next session, if necessary. Minor injuries and early stages of arthritis may only need 1 – 2 treatments to provide optimal function and healing.
Boost Natural Healing
Stimulate function and the natural healing process with platelet-rich plasma therapy at Tricity Pain Associates in Texas. If you are not ready or prefer not to undergo surgery and do not want to take certain anti-inflammatory medications, PRP therapy is a great alternative. There is no recovery time needed and no risks involved as it utilizes your own supply of platelets to boost healing and reduce pain.