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Is PRP the Right Solution for Me?

You’ve suffered an injury to a ligament, or you’re struggling with a degenerative condition like arthritis. In either case, you’re likely faced with two options: Managing your symptoms or surgery. 

What if there were another way, a treatment that resolves your discomfort and helps your body to heal from within? Well, there is with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

The integrative team here at Valiant Life Medical understands one very important aspect about the human body — it contains incredibly powerful regenerative resources. We feel that working with these resources through regenerative medicine provides more effective and sustainable solutions than interventional techniques, such as surgery.

Here’s a look at when PRP therapy can provide a safe and effective path forward to pain-free movement.

Behind PRP

Before we get into the many applications of PRP therapy, let’s take a look how this approach to healing works. 

Your blood contains four main components:

The primary role of your platelets is to clot your blood to prevent you from bleeding out. What many people don’t realize is that their role in healing doesn’t end there. Once the threat of bleeding is addressed, your platelets release powerful growth factors that create an optimal healing environment. These growth factors send out the call for stem cells, as well as proteins that address pain and inflammation.

With PRP therapy, we harvest your own blood and spin it in a centrifuge to isolate your platelets, creating a concentrate that’s 5-10 times stronger than normal. We then take this concentrate, mix it back in with a small amount of your plasma, and inject the solution into your damaged tissues, providing a much-needed boost in regenerative resources.

In other words, we provide your body with the tools it needs to not only repair and rebuild your tissues, but also relieve the pain and inflammation that’s often associated with musculoskeletal damage.

Conditions that benefit from PRP therapy

PRP therapy is relatively new, and we’re only scratching the surface of possible applications. That said, we’ve had great success helping our patients overcome a wide range of problems, including:

Arthritis

An estimated 92 million Americans are affected by arthritis or joint pain. Unfortunately, solutions often boil down to symptom management or joint replacement. With PRP therapy, we can address the pain and inflammation while improving the health of your joints at the same time. 

This can be especially valuable when it comes to osteoarthritis, which occurs when the cartilage inside your joints breaks down. This soft tissue doesn’t enjoy a good blood supply, which hampers the ability of your cartilage to repair itself. Through PRP, we deliver the needed regenerative resources directly into your joints to encourage healthier tissue.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis can be a painful condition in which tiny tears in your tendons cause pain and inflammation. Through PRP therapy, we can speed up the natural healing process by providing regenerative reinforcements that quickly repair this connective tissue.

Ligament tears

If you have a partial tear in one of your ligaments, PRP therapy may allow you to avoid surgical repair by helping the tissue to heal on a cellular level.

Even if you suffer a complete rupture and require surgery, PRP therapy can still play a role in helping your ligaments heal faster and stronger.

These are just some of the more common problems we can resolve through PRP therapy, but certainly not all.

The best way to find out whether PRP therapy can help you overcome soft tissue damage is to schedule an appointment at our office in Fort Worth, Texas.

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