Functional medicine is a branch of healthcare that focuses on optimizing a person's overall health. Instead of treating one part of your body, at Integrated Medical Group takes a different approach and treats your body as a whole. In a functional medicine exercise program, The doctors here revolve your treatment around promoting strength, stability, and flexibility, so everyday tasks become easier. Functional medicine therapy also helps prevent injuries.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and what are PRP injections?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient's own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
Ultrasound imaging is used to guide the injection.
How do platelet-rich plasma injections work?
Platelet-rich plasma has been found to significantly enhance the healing process, and using a PRP injection for shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff tears, for Achilles tendon ruptures and for other soft-tissue injuries is becoming more common.
Some of the key advantages of PRP injections are that they can reduce the need for anti-inflammatories or stronger medications like opioids. In addition, the side effects of PRP injections are very limited because, since the injections are created from your own blood, your body will not reject or react negatively to them.
Are there any risks with PRP treatment?
The risks of PRP treatment are minimal, since this is blood derived from the same patient. There is a remote risk of infection from the blood aspiration or the injection at the treatment site. An adverse or allergic response to PRP would be highly unlikely since this is autologous material.
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