Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Regenerative Medicine at Integrated Physical Medicine

Accellerate Healing

Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is defined to be as the concentration of platelet rich protein that is extracted from the blood. The growth factors in it are enhanced when the red cells are separated from the platelet rich plasma.

Upon injecting it back into the body, the healing of soft tissues and joints healing are accelerated. Since the autologous platelet rich plasma is handled from the patient’s own blood, there is no danger of a hypersensitive response or dismissal.

The goal of all regenerative medicine, including a PRP treatment, is to replace or reboot tissues or organs damaged because of disease, injury, age, or other issues instead of treating symptoms with medication and procedures.

PRP Blood Structure - IPM

What Is PRP Treatment?

Platelets Rich Plasma Therapy is an advanced injection treatment commonly used to promote accelerated healing.

PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a thick organic plasma extracted from your own blood. Platelets are responsible to repair the blood vessel damage. IPM is able to provide thick plasma of platelets that have more that numerous active growth factors and inject a high concentration of PRP in to the area that is needed. The platelets are then able to repair the damaged tissues and blood vessels, speeding up the recovery process.

How Does PRP Therapy Work?

The first response of the body after a soft tissue injury is to transport platelets to the injured area. Platelets are full of growth and healing properties so not only do they start repairing, they attract vital support of stem cells. Thus, the natural healing process of PRP accelerates body’s efforts by transporting a higher concentration of platelets directly to the site of the injury.

centerfuge machine at IPM

To create PRP, we will draw a small sample of your blood and place the sample in a centrifuge machine that spins the blood around at a high speed. This ‘spin cycle’ separates the platelets from the other blood components. We do this process to produce higher concentrations of platelets along with the beneficial blood components in a more pure concentration.

The PRP concentrate is then injected immediately inside, as well as around the injury site, giving a strong boost to the healing process.

Since the autologous platelet rich plasma is handled from the patient’s own blood, there is no danger of a hypersensitive response or dismissal.

What Is The Duration Of The Procedure?

Usually the entire procedure is a couple hours long. But this includes all the preparation and recovery time. PRP therapy provides pain relief with no risk associated with surgery, no need for general anesthesia, prolonged recovery or hospital stays. In most cases, patient resume their routine activities immediately after the procedure.

What Should Be The Frequency Of The Procedure?

Each patient is different. However, the doctor or nurse practitioner may give up to 3 injections within a time frame of 6 months. Most patients experience significant, to full pain relief, after one or two injections.

What Are The Anticipated Outcomes?

Since the aim of PRP treatment is to relieve pain through the body’s natural healing process, PRP can have lasting outcomes. Patients may experience initial improvement within the first weeks of the injections, with gradual progress as the healing continues.

Clinical practice and research studies show that PRP therapy is effective for pain relief and sustainable recovery towards a normal life. MRI and ultrasound have confirmed definite results in terms of tissue repair after PRP therapy. In fact, it can even reduce the need of surgery at a great extent.

To learn more, call us or book a consultation online today.

Kelly is a board-certified nurse practitioner with full practice authority in the state of Illinois. She received her BSN in 1999 from St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in Peoria, IL. She then received her APN from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL in 2011. Kelly is board-certified though American Nurses Credentialing Center as Adult Nurse Practitioner.

As a nurse practitioner, she is able to compliment IPM’s physical therapy and chiropractic work through internal medicine, primary care and telemedicine. Kelly enjoys helping patients to improve their well-being and quality of life, including the offerings and advancements in the field of regenerative medicine.

Kelly Drudi, MSN, APN-BC

Kelly Drudi, MSN, APN-BC

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Regenerative Medicine Services at IPM

The goal of all regenerative medicine is to replace or reboot tissues or organs damaged because of disease, injury, age, or other issues instead of treating symptoms with medication and procedures.

Regenerative medicine is a natural alternative to surgery, pain medications and cortisone/steroid injections.

At Integrated Physical Medicine, we offer many different treatment forms of regenerative medicine, including:

Is PRP Right For You?

If you are in pain or have any of the conditions listed above, contact us to make a quick, easy appointment. Platelet-Rich Plasma might be the right treatment for you.