Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a cutting-edge treatment that helps your body heal itself naturally. As one of the top IROM-C Certified regenerative medicine specialists in the world practicing more than 20 years, James Robles, MD, offers PRP injections for therapeutic and aesthetic purposes at New Pain Solutions in Weslaco, Texas. To find out how PRP can help speed your healing process or enhance your natural beauty, call or book an appointment online.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a solution that contains a high concentration of platelets from your own blood. You may be familiar with platelets from the key role they play in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of growth factors that are crucial to healing damaged tissue.
When Dr. Robles injects PRP into an area of tissue damage, the high concentration of growth factors speeds up your healing process. This technique has been used to treat sports injuries for years. More recently, it’s gained popularity in the fields of anti-aging and sexual revitalization.
PRP boosts your body’s ability to heal itself by replacing damaged cells with healthy new ones, accelerating healing and tissue rejuvenation. PRP therapy can be used to treat degenerative diseases of the spine and joints, such as arthritis and spondylosis, as well as many other conditions, including:
Dr. Robles also provides PRP therapy to improve sexual function and reverse signs of aging. He offers the following PRP treatments at New Pain Solutions:
While the P-Shot aims to restore sexual vitality to men, the Vampire procedures improve the firmness and elasticity of skin on the face and breasts.
First, Dr. Robles performs a thorough physical exam and carefully reviews your medical history to ensure that PRP therapy is right for you. Then, he creates a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Before PRP therapy, Dr. Robles draws a small amount of blood, usually from your arm. He processes this blood in a centrifuge to separate the PRP from your other blood cells. Then, he carefully injects the PRP into the treatment area.
The number of injections you need depends on your particular condition. Sports injuries may require more PRP injections than what’s needed for the P-Shot, for example.
After your treatment session, you should expect to feel some discomfort and possibly pain in the treatment area. PRP injections can also cause swelling, but these side effects normally wear off within a few days.
In some patients, side effects may be more severe or may last for a week or longer, but this isn’t a sign there’s anything wrong. The pain and swelling are a result of tissue reaction to the PRP injection, and continuing with your treatment sessions is the best way to ensure your tissues heal and regenerate successfully.
You can use over-the-counter acetaminophen to help with any discomfort, but you must avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and indomethacin, and steroid hormones, such as cortisone. Creams containing lidocaine are fine as long as they don’t have NSAIDs in them.
If you normally use natural remedies that have anti-inflammatory properties, such as curcumin and quercetin, you shouldn’t take these during your treatment. You should also avoid fish oils. You can use heat on the treatment area to ease discomfort, but do not use ice or any cooling packs.
It does take some months before you see the full results of PRP therapy because even after your body finishes generating new tissue, you still need to build up strength and adjust to the replacement tissue.
When you undergo PRP therapy, Dr. Robles gives you plenty of advice and information on what to eat and how to exercise to promote healing and get the optimal results from your treatment.
You should be eating a healthy, well-balanced diet that’s high in protein to aid healing and the generation of new tissue, and avoiding trans fats, which are toxic to your body’s cells and impede the healing process.
Dr. Robles also recommends supplementation to promote healing, including:
You also get a special exercise prescription showing you what you can do physically to help you recover. It’s important to be active, moving and stretching, but not to overdo it.
To find out if PRP is right for you, call New Pain Solutions or book an appointment online today.