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Is PRP Right for Me?

Is PRP Right for Me?

Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) can help accelerate the body's natural healing process when there’s damage from an injury or a condition such as arthritis. This innovative therapy uses your own blood to make a concentrated source of platelet-rich plasma.

PRP is an incredibly diverse therapy with the ability to benefit a broad range of conditions. Our team at Lynx Healthcare in Albuquerque and Farmington, New Mexico, offers a range of innovative pain management treatments, including PRP therapy.

What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?

PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that involves concentrating your own platelets and injecting them into damaged areas. Platelets are cell fragments in your blood that perform a variety of functions, including helping your blood to clot and aiding in the repair and strengthening of various body tissues.

What conditions can PRP therapy improve?

Regenerative therapies such as PRP take advantage of your body’s own capacity to heal itself, which means it not only helps relieve pain, but may delay or eliminate the need for surgery. PRP therapy addresses the underlying cause of the pain rather than just the symptoms.

PRP therapy is useful in treating:

The biochemistry and functionality of platelets are the keys to their effectiveness in healing. When tissues are damaged, the ongoing inflammation can lead to chronic pain. PRP therapy reduces inflammation and addresses the source of tissue damage by recruiting cells that are naturally involved in the healing process. 

Platelets help regenerate tissues by triggering collagen production, which is the building block of ligaments, tendons, and many other vital tissues in the body. They also release growth factors that lead to cartilage formation, which is especially important for orthopedic injuries and pain.

What does therapy involve?

A PRP injection is created using your own blood and can be completed in a single office visit. The entire procedure takes about 25-30 minutes, including blood drawing and processing time. We use a centrifuge to separate your blood into individual components and extract the layer with concentrated platelets.

Then, we inject the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the affected muscle, joint, tendon, or ligament. We often use ultrasound guidance to ensure safe and precise injection at the site of damage.

Though each patient's situation is unique, most PRP treatments require one to three injections. Most patients notice pain reduction within 4-6 weeks following therapy.

Who benefits from PRP?

Patients with chronic tendon and joint issues, like tennis elbow and jumper’s knee can benefit from PRP therapy. PRP therapy is most effective when combined with other treatments, such as physical therapy.

When traditional treatments have failed, PRP may accelerate healing in acute sports injuries. To find out if PRP therapy is right for you, schedule a visit with us for a comprehensive evaluation. Based on your current condition and medical history, our team determines whether PRP is an option for you.

Lynx Healthcare providers rely on advanced training and expertise to help you get relief from orthopedic pain. To learn more about platelet-rich plasma therapy or to schedule an appointment with a specialist, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

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