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WHAT IS PLATELET-RICH PLASMA?

PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is a protein-saturated derivative of your blood. After separation from whole blood, PRP provides a rich source of growth factors that stimulate healing, cellular growth, and tissue repair. It allows your body to stimulate its own innate biological healing process. PRP is injected into the area of need and can be used for a multitude of musculoskeletal pains, injuries and conditions. PRP can be used in both medical and aesthetic procedures because of its ability to increase collagen synthesis, which aids in thickening and tightening newly-formed skin cells.

 

HOW IS PRP COLLECTED?

The process of PRP extraction and application involves a simple venipuncture and blood draw. The blood is then separated via centrifugational force and your plasma is cleanly separated from your red blood cells to create a platelet-packed, protein-rich fibrin matrix to be injected directly into the area of need. The PRP is activated once it’s applied to damaged tissue or areas of inflammation to commence the body’s natural healing cascade.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THIS PROCESS?

Procedures are completed at our on-site, state-of-the-art, accredited ambulatory surgery facility by compassionate and highly-trained, board-certified providers with experience in extraction, processing, and injection using precise image guided technique. During the blood draw step, our providers can ensure that you’re comfortable and relaxed, with a full understanding of the PRP treatment process.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER INJECTION?

This enhanced regenerative process can occur because rich growth factors can speed up cellular processes your body naturally undergoes in order to heal and recover. PRP can take a few weeks to months to fully produce results, but there’s no downtime required and you can return to your normal, moderate activities. Your expert provider can give you the best idea of what to expect during a consultation.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PRP?

PRP has shown promise in healing certain injuries to the tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It has also been utilized to improve healing after certain surgeries when it’s injected at an incision. PRP has become widely popular in its cosmetic uses like the vampire facial and hair regrowth, and can also be used as a route of administration for stem cell treatments through suspension. Many patients prefer PRP techniques for its low risk of allergic reaction because it uses their own tissues and naturally-occurring proteins. It also carries a low risk of infection or complication that can be transmitted from donor sources and offers a more holistic approach to healing. Some patients prefer it as an alternative or addition to surgical intervention. Most importantly, PRP injections can be performed quickly and easily, meaning patients can receive effective care without extensive wait times and appointments.

YOUR TIME IS NOW

At Axis Stem Cell Institute, we advocate for a healthy lifestyle and a healthy approach to regenerative healing using the latest and most trustworthy sources in scientific research. Many patients experience disorders that can greatly affect their quality of life and comfort, and they often feel like they have few treatment options or answers. We provide the best options for non-invasive stem cell and PRP-based treatments by our expert providers who stay up-to-date on the best techniques for you and your unique circumstances. PRP injections can be an effective option for patients looking for healing and regenerative medicine without invasive techniques. To discuss whether platelet rich plasma is the best option for you and your health, contact us by calling 206.415.2947 or filling out our online form. Our expert patient coordinators can assist you with booking a consultation with our PRP specialists at our Kirkland office.

Platelet-Rich Plasma FAQs

Can PRP cause blood clots?

If injected properly there should be no concern that PRP may cause a blood clot where injected. It is important to discuss your concerns with a licensed medical provider who has been trained in regenerative medicine and the skilled techniques involved.

Can PRP grow new hair?

The use of PRP and specific regenerative techniques can help stimulate the bodys innate ability to heal and repair tissue including the growth of new hair in areas of hair loss or hair thinning.

Can PRP injections heal a torn rotator cuff?

PRP can help support the body’s natural healing process which repairs our tissue. This includes promoting a decrease in inflammation and stimulation of collagen repair in an area like the tearing of a rotator cuff. Typically PRP is used for minor injuries and micro-tears, while Stem cell is indicated for larger injuries and tears.

Can PRP regenerate cartilage?

PRP can help nourish cartilage in areas where the tissue has been damaged and help to slow the degradation over time. However, in talking about regenerating cartilage, bone, nerve, or blood vessels stem cells would be better indicated.

Can you eat before PRP injections?

On the day of your PRP injections, you are encouraged to eat a full, balanced meal and make sure you are hydrated prior to your appointment.

Can you exercise after PRP injections?

Your post-injection instructions will be discussed following injection and be tailored to your injury specifically which may vary from patient to patient. Generally speaking, you will be able to walk and complete your day-to-day activities following your injection. Your exercise regimen will be modified for a short period of time to ensure the completion of the healing process.

Can you walk after PRP injection?

Yes, you can walk after your PRP injections. Your provider will give you the best idea of what you can expect following your treatment.

Do you have to do PRP forever?

PRP may be indicated as a one-time treatment or used on an intermittent basis. There is no limit to the amount of PRP treatments you may receive overtime.

Does insurance cover PRP injections?

Generally speaking, insurance typically does not cover PRP injections.

Does hair fall out after PRP?

PRP is used to promote healing and tissue repair including the stimulation of hair growth for patients experiencing thinning, dormancy, or damage to hair follicles. There is no evidence that PRP will cause hair loss.

Does platelet rich plasma contain stem cells?

PRP or platelet-rich plasma does not contain stem cells but acts to stimulate the bodys natural healing mechanisms which recruit the bodys dormant stem cells to injured tissue. PRP contains reparative growth factors and regulatory proteins that promote healing.

Does platelet rich plasma therapy help arthritis?

PRP may help to decrease inflammation, provide lubrication and slow the rate of degradation in arthritis. PRP cannot regenerate cartilage in the manor that stem cells function.

Does PRP have any side effects?

Injection of PRP comes with little to no side effects. Possible side effects may include soreness, redness, irritation, or bruising at the injection site which typically resolves in a couple of days. Your medical provider will discuss all aspects of treatment prior to your visit including what to expect after injection.

Does PRP heal tendon tears?

PRP works to heal damaged tissue like ligaments and tendons through the release of specific growth factors that target tissue repair, inflammatory modulation, and blood flow.

Does PRP reduce inflammation?

PRP helps to reduce inflammation to damaged tissue by introducing growth factors to the area which stimulate healing, promote collagen repair and modulate the inflammatory cascade.

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