Regenerative medicine, which includes platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy, has gained popularity thanks to celebrity athletes sharing their successes. For example, golfer Jack Nicklaus credits regenerative medicine with easing his back pain.
But which type of therapy is right for you? At PRP in Philadelphia, Dr. Stuart Kauffman offers a variety of regenerative medicine services to help meet your needs.
In this article, Dr. Kauffman zeroes in on one type of regenerative medicine: PRP therapy.
PRP might be right for you if …
You might consider PRP therapy if you have:
Studies show that PRP can be used to treat sports injuries, including:
- Damaged ligaments
- Damaged tendons
- Muscle injuries
- Wrist and shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
Because concentrated platelet injections are rich in healing growth factors, PRP therapy can promote tissue repair and healing, enhance nutrient delivery to the injured area, and help you postpone (or even avoid) surgery.
Chronic pain affects about 1% of the population, but it can severely impact your quality of life. Chronic pain includes arthritis pain, joint pain, low back pain, and muscle pain.
In the case of arthritis, PRP injections help reduce chronic pain by reducing inflammation, stimulating new cartilage cell growth, increasing the natural lubrication in your joint, and reducing pain perception.
PRP therapy can also help you address cosmetic concerns, including hair loss and signs of aging. Hair restoration with PRP is ideal for those who want to combat thinning hair without the use of harsh chemicals. PRP injections are administered directly into your scalp, where it will promote new hair growth, improve follicle thickness, and prevent hair fall out.
PRP facials can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, scars, and even dark under-eye circles. Unlike Botox® and other fillers, PRP facials use natural components made from your own blood. PRP encourages your body to produce more collagen for long-lasting, noticeable results.
PRP therapy isn’t limited to treating sports injuries or chronic pain. PRP can also be used to treat sexual dysfunction in both men and women. For men, the Priapus shot (often called the P-Shot) combats erectile dysfunction by improving blood flow, enhancing sensitivity, and increasing sexual stamina.
For women, the O-Shot is used to treat female sexual arousal disorder, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, female orgasmic disorder, and dyspareunia. The O-Shot can also help reduce the symptoms of urinary incontinence.
Regardless of why you are considering PRP, the process for preparing PRP is similar. To prepare your serum, Dr. Kauffman takes a simple blood sample and then places the blood into a centrifuge.
The centrifuge spins, separates your blood into its various components, and allows for the concentrated levels of platelets. Once prepared, the PRP serum is administered into your specified treatment area.
Because PRP injections are created from your own blood 一 and there are no synthetic products used 一 each injection is well-tolerated with little risk of side effects.
Ready to experience the many benefits of PRP? Call our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office to request an appointment today. Or you can always request an appointment online.