Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

One of the most dynamic, cutting-edge treatments offered at Conscious Human Medicine is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP). PRP uses the regenerative power of your body's platelets to speed recovery, regrow new tissue, reduce pain and improve physical function. What are platelets? Platelets are tiny cells found throughout your bloodstream. Along with specialized white blood cells, they are often the first responders when a tissue becomes damaged, instrumental in releasing repair and growth factors. These very important repair and growth factors help expedite the normal healing process, stabilize the body and prevent further harm from an acute injury. If you cut your finger chopping vegetables, platelets go to the wounded site, they lay down a meshwork of new tissue, help to form a scab and prevent further blood loss. PRP often contains stem cells and platelets also release growth factors that help with the migration of these stem cells to the site, aiding in repair and regeneration.

What can you expect during your PRP visit? You will meet with one of the doctors at Conscious Human Medicine where you will be evaluated to make sure you are a good candidate to receive PRP treatments. A small amount of blood will be taken for your treatment and the blood will be placed in a device called a centrifuge. A centrifuge spins very quickly, separating different components of blood based upon weight. The area to be injected with PRP will be prepared and either topical or injectable anesthetics will be offered to ease any potential discomfort during the treatment. The entire treatment typically takes about 1 hour and there is little to no down time following your treatment.

There are a myriad of amazing applications of PRP! It can help to heal virtually any tissue including damaged ligaments, tendons, or muscles. It has also been shown to prevent or prolong the need for joint replacement surgeries, especially of the shoulder, knee and hip. PRP may be used for hair restoration, improve fine lines and wrinkles of the face (Vampire Facelift) and is now even being used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. The doctors at Conscious Human Medicine have been extensively trained in PRP and they use only the best PRP collection devices and centrifuge from Harvest Technologies which have been shown to produce the highest yield of platelets when compared to other systems.