The solution to many common health problems lies not in a wonder drug or invasive surgery, but in the human body’s own ability to heal itself. Of course, there must be a catalysis for this healing, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is the solution.
PRP therapy is a form of non-invasive regenerative medicine that harnesses and amplifies the natural growth factors your body uses to heal tissue. Here, we’ll explain how it does this, and the many types of conditions it can treat.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy contains two key ingredients – plasma and platelets. Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood, composed largely of water and proteins. It enables red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets to circulate throughout your body. Platelets are blood cells that trigger necessary growth healing functions.
PRP therapy starts with a sample of your blood being drawn and run through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. The activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased area where they stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces. In this way, PRP stimulates your body’s innate healing system for faster recovery.
A Powerful Regenerative Treatment
PRP injection therapy has been found to significantly enhance the healing process. At Alternative Disc Therapy in Caldwell, New Jersey, triple board-certified physician Dr. Warren J. Bleiweiss uses photo-activated PRP – a more powerful regenerative medical treatment. It involves isolating your platelets which are packed with growth factors and activating them with three different wavelengths of light. It is a unique process that makes this type of PRP more powerful and less inflammatory.
PRP injections are remarkably versatile, and Dr. Bleiweiss frequently performs the procedure to reduce pain and improve function for people who are suffering from:
- Joint pain
- Joint arthritis
- Sports injuries
- Shoulder pain and rotator cuff injuries
- Achilles tendon ruptures
- Tendonitis and chronic tendinosis conditions, including tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow
- Other soft-tissue injuries
Another key advantage of PRP therapy is that it reduces the need for anti-inflammatories or stronger medications like opioids to manage musculoskeletal pain. What’s more, the side effects of PRP injections are very limited because the injections are created from your own blood. As such, your body will not reject or react negatively to PRP therapy.
In addition, several key studies have shown that PRP therapy can stop hair loss from occurring and can promote new hair growth. One particular study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery demonstrated that PRP injected into the scalp every other week for three months increased hair density, promoting thicker hair growth. A more recent study published in the International Journal of Trichology found that those treated with PRP had better hair quality, higher patient satisfaction and minimal side effects compared to patients treated with minoxidil (Rogaine®).
PRP Injections in Caldwell, NJ
As you can see, PRP has many applications and, to enhance its effectiveness, it can be used in combination with other regenerative medicine services, such as stem cells and ozone treatments.
With over 30 years of clinical experience, Dr. Bleiweiss is an expert you can trust. He believes that each patient is unique and tailors treatment to their specific needs accordingly. First, he examines you in person and carefully reviews your medical history before recommending any treatment. The treatment protocol he chooses is entirely based on your condition, overall health, and symptoms. This accounts for his high success rate and why patients come from all over the country and abroad for treatments.
If you are interested in learning more about PRP therapy, call our practice today at (973) 403-3334 or use our secure online appointment request form. We also offer telemedicine appointments so you can receive care from anywhere. We look forward to supporting your health!