Platelet-rich plasma is blood that has high concentrations of plasma that contain multiple growth factors. Recent studies have shown that platelet-rich plasma can be drawn from patients and then injected into injured or damaged areas of their bodies and this promotes pain relief and healing. This is called platelet-rich plasma therapy and it is believed to promote soft tissue regeneration in the body. These are some health benefits of platelet-rich plasma therapy.

Healing Sports Injuries

Sports injuries occur frequently. It is not uncommon for those who participate in sports to suffer from injuries in joints, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Because platelet-rich plasma has been found to promote the regrowth of soft tissues, it is often taken from injured athletes, spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and make it more concentrated, and then injected back into the injured areas of the body where it can reduce pain and boost the repair of damaged tissue.

Reducing Inflammation and Swelling of Osteoarthritis

Platelet-rich plasma therapy has also been used to reduce inflammation and swelling in areas of the body affected by osteoarthritis. This may include the joints in the hands, elbows, neck, shoulders, knees, or ankles. The pain, joint stiffness, limited range of motion, and swelling that normally occurs with osteoarthritis can be relieved by platelet-rich plasma therapy. The therapy helps restore the hyaluronic acid that is normally found in healthy joints, therefore, joint damage may be reversed and disease progression can discontinue.

Relieving Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is often hard to treat because it may be a result of damage to several different discs in the spine. However, the structure of the discs, ligaments, and joints in the spine can also be improved by platelet-rich plasma therapy. This often results in long term relief of chronic back pain.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is also beneficial to the skin. It stimulates collagen and elastin growth and thickens the skin, which diminishes wrinkles and fine lines. It can also be used to improve the overall appearance and condition of skin that has acne scars, redness from rosacea and burn damage as well. Platelet-rich plasma therapy provides immediate improvement in the skin with long-lasting results. It is a safe and natural option for treating the skin that does not include harsh chemicals or products that have been tested on animals because the plasma used in the therapy comes from the patient it is being injected into.

To learn more about PRP therapy, reach out to a local medical health professional.