So many acronyms, so little time. It can be a challenge to keep track. Especially if you’re in a doctor’s office, saw it on a brochure, and can’t quite remember what it is or what it does.
We’ll help you remember this one. Think of PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, as your personal superhero. It’s a substance that comes from you, undergoes processing, and is reintroduced to your system to facilitate healing. Impressive, right?
Now for the science behind it: Recent research suggests that the platelets in your blood have an abundance of healing components—that is, proteins that help with clotting and cell growth. Therefore, more platelets may stimulate more healing potential. PRP can have 5 to 10 times as many platelets as regular blood.
Through the use of Genesis products, we increase the concentration of platelets. We create PRP from blood we’ve derived from you, and we process it back into your system with added white blood cells and bioactive proteins. Everything is 100% you. (See? SUPERHERO.)
The goal of PRP is to speed up healing from a tissue injury (typically tendon, ligament, or muscle injuries). PRP treatments are administered by injection, are minimally invasive, and require little recovery time.
During the procedure, which takes about 30 minutes (most of which is processing time), a local anesthetic will be applied to the affected area. The injection site itself is often the most uncomfortable part of recovery; sometimes there’s a brief, temporary “worse before it gets better” period as the injection site heals and your body adapts to your new superpower-of-sorts. That being said, the accelerate processes begin as soon as the PRP is introduced into the affected area. Within 4 to 6 weeks, you’ll notice a reduction in pain and an increase in strength. As your body continues to heal, you’ll experience significant improvements. Some patients may require 2 or 3 treatments for maximum results.