Is there a better way to heal the body than to have it heal itself? I cannot think of a more perfect scenario. This is why I choose to utilize naturopathic therapies that promote self-healing, regeneration, and strengthening.
One of the therapies that I use to help with the regeneration of soft tissues like tendons, ligaments, and muscles is called Platelet-Rich-Plasma Therapy, commonly referred to as PRP. PRP therapy cleverly uses the body’s own healing proteins called platelets that happen to naturally be loaded with healing molecules designed to repair damaged tissue. Platelets, when administered as an injection into an area of injury, stimulate tissue regeneration and repair through the recruitment of stem-cells, white blood cells and collagen producing cells called fibroblasts. Clinically, this treatment has proven to be a great option for restoring the structural integrity of chronically compromised ligaments, tendons, joints, and spinal discs.
The Platelets used in this procedure are derived from the patient’s own blood by withdrawing whole blood and spinning out the platelets, using a centrifuge. Once the platelets have been separated they are combined with a local anesthetic and dextrose to be given via injection. This process takes little time and the injection is relatively painless when performed properly.
Inherently, this procedure causes an acute inflammatory response required for healing to take place so it is not advised that patients take any anti-inflammatory medications following treatment. Soreness in the treatment site is to be expected and signals the body is at work resolving the injury. Treatment results and healing times vary from patient to patient, so to improve desired outcomes, I encourage healthy blood and lymph flow through the application of heat and castor oil. I also encourage my patients to eat collagen-rich foods, mineral and vitamin-rich vegetables, and healthy fats to promote optimal healing. Positive results are typically experienced 2-3 weeks after treatment and follow up appointments are at six weeks post procedure.
Are you a candidate for PRP? PRP is a very popular treatment for amateur or professional athletes, outdoorsman, youth, workers, and retirees looking to restore function, reduce pain and avoid surgery.
PRP Therapy can treat a variety of diseases
- Back pain
- Rotator cuff tears
- Neck pain
- Ligament injuries
I certainly cannot think of another healing process that is more believe the body.