Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy at St. Petersburg Chiropractic Injury & Rehab
The human body has a remarkable ability to repair itself, thanks in part to its ability to use blood elements known as platelets to accelerate tissue repair. But sometimes the body could use a little extra help putting its own resources to the best possible use. If you're suffering from a connective tissue injury such as chronic or acute tendinitis, you may benefit from a technique called platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy -- which we can provide here at St. Petersburg Chiropractic Injury & Rehab.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Human blood contains a variety of elements, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma. The plasma contains tiny cellular fragments known as platelets which are tasked with facilitating repairs to damaged blood vessels and other tissues. For instance, platelets play a major role in blood clotting. They also produce substances known as growth factors which tell cells to speed up their rate of reproduction and repair. Unfortunately, certain areas of the body have less of a blood supply than others, meaning that they have a tougher time getting the platelets and growth factors they need to fix themselves, especially in cases of serious tissue injury. One way to address this challenge is by concentrating a large number of platelets into a substance called platelet rich plasma.
Naturally Accelerated Healing From Our St. Petersburg Chiropractor
Our St. Petersburg chiropractor collects the platelets you need from your own body. We simply take a blood sample from you and then put the sample in a centrifuge. Centrifugal force separates the platelets from the other blood elements. This gives us a massive concentration of platelets, which can then be injected directly into the site requiring treatment. Patients may receive up to 3 such injections in a given year.
PRP therapy has been prescribed for muscle tears, sprained ligaments, and osteoarthritis patients. PRP is an effective treatment method for chronic tendon injuries. If you're suffering from tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, Achilles tendinitis, or tendon inflammation in the kneecap, PRP therapy could prove very helpful as part of a holistic healing and rehabilitation plan.
Find Out Whether PRP Therapy Makes Sense for You
Does PRP have a role to play in your comeback against chronic tissue pain and inflammation? There’s one way to find out: call St. Petersburg Chiropractic Injury & Rehab at (727) 519-3757 to schedule a consultation. Whatever kind of natural treatment you need, we can help!