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Myths and Facts About PRP Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is changing the way we approach many musculoskeletal issues, and we’re seeing great success in this regenerative approach to healing. Despite these successes, there are still many myths that surround this innovative and effective treatment.

At Valiant Life Medical, our team helps our patients overcome a wide range of painful conditions, from osteoarthritis to tendonitis, using an integrative approach that focuses on healing from within through regenerative medicine. As part of our regenerative services, we offer PRP therapy, which taps the power of your platelets to speed healing and repairs.

To gain a better understanding of PRP therapy, here’s a look at some of the myths and facts that we’ve encountered.

PRP therapy is new

False. While you may only be learning about PRP therapy now, this approach to healing has been around for decades. Starting in the 1990s, researchers began to realize the clinical efficacy of PRP therapy in helping tissues heal more quickly.

PRP treatment is dangerous

False. PRP therapy is one of the safer approaches to healing since it’s autologous, which means we’re using tissues from your own body. As a result, your body readily accepts the PRP, allowing your platelets to get right to work.

Of course, there are always risks, and the main ones here are irritation or soreness at the injection sites. These side effects, however, aren’t all that common and are usually short-lived.

PRP is for cosmetic applications

False. You may have heard of the “vampire facelift” or the use of PRP therapy in combating hair loss. While these applications do exist, the orthopedic world was among the first to start using PRP therapy to help heal hard and soft tissues, including bone, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and muscle.

PRP helps you heal faster

True. The platelets in your blood not only help clot your blood, they also release powerful growth factors that aid in healing. For example, these growth factors recruit your body’s stem cells to help with repairing the damaged tissues and encourage new blood vessel formation, which helps bring in more healing resources.

PRP helps with inflammation

True. One of the benefits of PRP therapy is that it helps to control inflammation, which is great news for those with arthritis. By relieving the inflammation, it allows you to strengthen your surrounding support tissues for better all-around joint health.

Ultimately, we’re excited about the potential of PRP therapy, as this approach to healing is long on results and short on risk. Not to mention, we feel that a regenerative, rather than an interventional, approach to healing offers far more sustainable results.

If you’d like to explore how PRP therapy can help with your musculoskeletal issues, please contact our office in Fort Worth, Texas, to set up an appointment.

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