Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been making waves. Famous athletes like Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal have used it for pain management, and Instagram-famous individuals like Kim Kardashian have turned to it for cosmetic purposes. To learn more about PRP therapy and its power to spur healing in the body, look no further than Yetunde Sannoh, MD, at Total Wellness Healthcare Clinic. Call to schedule a PRP consultation today at the practice’s Upper Marlboro or Waldorf, Maryland, location, or use the online booking agent.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, uses the body’s own healing powers to its advantage. All blood is made up of different types of matter, including white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. The platelets are what makes the blood clot when an individual gets injured, but their healing power doesn’t stop there. They also contain a protein called a growth factor that supports and speeds the healing process.
PRP therapy harnesses the power of platelets. During PRP therapy, Dr. Sannoh draws a small sample of the patient’s blood and uses a centrifuge to separate out the platelets to create a platelet-rich plasma. That PRP can be as much as 10 times richer in healing growth factor than normal blood. Dr. Sannoh injects the patient with that powerful healing plasma, derived from the patient’s own body, at the site of the injury to spur healing and minimize inflammation.
PRP therapy leverages the body’s own healing power, so it can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions. While doctors are continually finding new ways to use PRP therapy, some of its known uses include:
PRP therapy is extremely safe because it is autologous, meaning the material being used is sourced directly from the patient. This minimizes the possibility of an allergic reaction. Additionally, because the process of creating platelet-rich plasma intensifies the body’s growth factor, only a small amount of blood is needed for PRP therapy.
A very small sample of blood is taken during PRP therapy, requiring patients to do very little to get ready for the procedure. Dr. Sannoh may use a topical numbing solution or local anesthesia during PRP therapy, depending on the patient’s needs and preferences. The entire process should take around an hour.
For more information about PRP therapy and how it could unlock your body’s natural healing power, don’t hesitate to contact Total Wellness Healthcare Clinic today. Call to book an appointment or use the convenient online scheduling tool.