Skip to main content

Is PRP Right for Me?

Is PRP Right for Me?

Until recently, pain medicines and surgery were two of the most common solutions for people suffering from long-term pain. But today, there’s another option — a holistic, regenerative therapy called platelet-rich plasma or PRP.

PRP is derived from your own blood, so you don’t have to worry about allergic reactions. The therapy itself is simple and minimally invasive — and perhaps best of all, it works with your body’s natural healing processes to restore and repair damaged tissues.

At Jersey Integrative Health and Wellness, our team offers PRP therapy at our offices in Boonton, Pompton Plains, and Jersey City, New Jersey, providing patients with a cutting-edge treatment that can help them feel better. Here’s how to decide if PRP is the right choice for you.

PRP 101

Like the name implies, PRP contains platelets and plasma, two components of your blood. Plasma is the liquid part of blood, while platelets are tiny cells that play an important role in clotting and healing. 

Platelets contain proteins called growth factors. As they circulate through your bloodstream, platelets look for damaged or injured tissues, triggering a healing cascade that prevents bleeding and helps promote natural healing. 

In PRP therapy, we draw a small sample of your blood and process it in a device called a centrifuge, separating the platelets and plasma from the rest of your blood. Then, the PRP is injected into the treatment site — an arthritic joint or an injured tendon, for example.

Once injected, the PRP “goes to work” promoting natural healing and helping to reduce inflammation and pain. Typically, you’ll notice benefits a few weeks after treatment, and you may benefit from a second injection, depending on the extent of your injury.

PRP candidates

That’s how PRP works. Now, you’re probably wondering: is PRP right for me? That depends, in part, on what’s causing your pain.

PRP seems to be most effective for people with:

Our team sometimes suggests PRP following surgery to speed healing, and it’s often used in combination with other treatments, like physical therapy.

Because it doesn’t involve surgery and it uses your own blood, PRP can be a great choice for plenty of people, including people for whom surgery isn’t an option. There are some people, though, for whom PRP might not be a good choice. They include people who:

Our team uses a comprehensive medical history, a physical exam, and other steps to ensure PRP is the right choice before proceeding with treatment.

Learn more about PRP

PRP can be a good choice for many people suffering from chronic pain from arthritis, tendon injuries, and other musculoskeletal issues. To find out if it can help you relieve your painful symptoms, call Jersey Integrative Health and Wellness or book an appointment online today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Turning to Acupuncture to Treat Your Headaches and Migraines

Turning to Acupuncture to Treat Your Headaches and Migraines

Managing chronic headaches often means taking a lot of medication to try to relieve your symptoms and even then, those medicines aren’t always effective. Acupuncture offers an alternative therapy based on natural healing responses. Here’s how it works
 Is There a Solution for My Night Sweats?

Is There a Solution for My Night Sweats?

Sleep plays a pivotal role in helping you stay healthy, both physically and emotionally. If night sweats are making it difficult for you to catch those all-important Zs, we have solutions that can help.

The Best Sleep Position for Shoulder Pain Revealed

Sleep is essential for healing injuries and relieving joint pain. But if the pain is in your shoulder, sleep can sometimes make it worse. Here's how to position your body so you can get a good night’s sleep and avoid shoulder pain, too.

Why Do My Hips Hurt in the Morning?

There’s nothing quite like a good night’s sleep but it can be ruined by a morning of hip pain. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent morning hip discomfort. Here’s how we can help.
5 Tips to Soothe a Stiff Neck

5 Tips to Soothe a Stiff Neck

A stiff neck can make even simple, daily activities uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are medical treatments that can help and a few simple home remedies that can provide relief, too. Here are five to try.