What is PRP Therapy?
Within the human body there are many cells whose “jobs” are to help the body repair and regenerate itself. Platelets are one of these entities that help to heal the body when it becomes damaged, due to their intrinsic growth factors. Essentially, platelets act as espresso shots for cells that repair damaged tissue, allowing for faster repair.
Platelets are a component of the body’s blood which is what allows it to have easy access to areas that become injured. Specifically, platelets are located within the plasma of the blood, hence the name Platelet Rich Plasma, also referred to as PRP.
PRP & Regenerative Medicine
PRP falls under the category of regenerative medicine and is even used in some cosmetic applications. PRP can be a powerful means of healing the body as it is minimally invasive and uses the body’s own powerful means of healing. Research has shown that the higher the platelet concentration, the more robustly new cells are able to grow.
How Does It Work?
To begin, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s body. This blood is then placed in a centrifuge or other similar processing equipment to allow the platelets and plasma to separate from the blood. After a few minutes, the PRP will be ready to be injected into the treatment area.
Is PRP Right For Me?
PRP is a powerful means of healing and can jumpstart your body to heal those areas of damage that are causing your back pain. However, PRP might not be the right solution for you. In some cases, a more complex treatment plan is needed that includes PRP but also other methods of treatment. Sometimes, other means of regenerative medicine may be best. This treatment has many applications and so it is always best to speak to a back pain specialist when considering a means of treatment.
Dr. Rahman is one of the top back surgeons and back pain specialists in the country. He is passionate about his patients and finding solutions to, ultimately, provide them the best quality of life.
To learn if PRP might help relieve your back pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rahman at Houston Scoliosis and Spine Institute.