The team at the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, is truly committed to helping our patients look and feel their best. Because of that, we have become great proponents of PRP treatment, also known as platelet-rich plasma therapy. If this treatment modality is new to you, then prepare to be amazed by how it can improve your health and wellbeing as it is a great therapy for chronic as well as acute maladies alike.
PRP treatment is a form of regenerative medicine that ultimately inspires your body to do a reset, triggering healing processes via holistic and natural means. As such, PRP treatment uses your body’s own platelet-rich plasma, which features a high concentration of platelets. And that is the crucial point. In addition to playing a myriad of important roles within your body’s systems, platelets encourage new cells to be generated while simultaneously removing old and damaged cells at the site of an injury.
With that being said, when platelets are concentrated and then used strategically at the site of damaged tissue or a source of pain, we are able to control and accelerate healing processes, making you feel better, faster.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Explained
PRP treatments begin in our office by our team extracting a small amount of blood from a vein in your arm. Then, we place the blood in a centrifuge and separate the plasma from the platelets, ultimately seeking to achieve a targeted concentration of platelets. The PRP will then be prepared by one of our trained staff members to be injected into a specific area of your body, such as an area experiencing joint or tendon pain.
A local anesthetic may be used prior to the injection taking place; however, please know that PRP treatments are largely quick, easy, and pain-free. The entire process takes approximately 30 minutes.
Now, understand that the PRP treatment, once it is injected, typically stimulates a series of biological responses, including a bit of inflammation, so the injection site may feel a bit sore or tender for a few days. However, once that tenderness subsides, know that the PRP is targeting your area of pain or tissue damage, promoting healing from within, and helping you realize an improved life and renewed health and wellness.
Meet Your PRP Treatment Doctor, Dr. Page
As the founder of the Wisconsin Institute for Functional Medicine, Dr. Tracy Page is a triple board-certified Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine specialist. With a solid reputation across Wisconsin as the only woman physician possessing her level of knowledge and skill, Dr. Page has over a decade of experience and is passionate about helping her patients age gracefully through one-on-one counsel and education.
Dr. Page has multiple advanced degrees, including a Master’s in Cell and Molecular Biology as well as certification in Integrative and Functional Medicine.
Who is a Candidate for PRP Therapy and What is it For?
PRP treatment has a long history, spanning well over 50 years, and its usage has become popular in treating sports injuries as well as in cosmetic procedures. Nevertheless, experts still seek to establish definitive criteria regarding when to recommend PRP treatments as well as what type of patient is ideal. However, here is a list that can be used when determining if you could be a candidate for PRP:
- You experience tendon pain that affects daily activities
- You have undergone physical therapy, but it has not adequately improved function or reduced pain
- You have faced other non-surgical treatments that have not been successful
- You have anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) sensitivity
- You want to avoid long-term use of medication
- You feel that the medication you are on does not help as much as it should
- You are looking to avoid undergoing invasive surgery or the surgery you have been recommended is deemed optional
PRP treatment presents the capability of treating the following:
- Sports conditions such as chronic elbow pain or injury to the knee or shoulder
- Damage to ligaments, muscles, and joints
- Undoing or halting the degenerative damage caused by arthritis
- Hair loss
- Outward signs of aging
What are the Key Benefits of PRP Treatment?
PRP treatments offer many key benefits and could help you achieve whole-body health and wellness. Consider the following perks when contemplating a future PRP treatment:
- Improvement of bodily function and reduction of pain related to tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and other conditions involving tendonitis
- The ability to reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medication or even stronger medications, such as opioids
- Increased collagen production as well as other improvements to the skin, including enhancements to tone and texture
- Symptomatic relief for arthritis
What Should I Expect from my Treatment?
We are big believers in the idea that educated patients are happy patients. That is why we encourage any person who is considering PRP treatment to get all of the facts. Here are some additional answers to frequently asked questions.
What Should I Expect from my Treatment?
How Long is the Procedure and How Many Sessions Will I Require?
Each PRP treatment takes roughly 30 – 60 minutes depending on the area of treatment, and you should count on spending about 45-60 minutes in our office. The number of sessions you require will depend on what you are treating. Dr. Page will be able to provide you with a detailed treatment plan and what to expect when you meet with her for a consultation.
Are There Any Side Effects? Is It Safe?
Yes, PRP treatments are safe and all-natural as the substance used in your therapy will be produced from your own blood. In the majority of cases, there are no adverse reactions. Some people, however, report a bit of discomfort at the injection site for a few days after the treatment is performed.
Individuals who are pregnant, anemic, have certain blood or bleeding disorders, have a history of certain skin diseases, or who are undergoing anticoagulation therapy should not pursue PRP treatment. Additionally, if you have a medical condition that could worsen or spread with injections, you should consult with a doctor to know if PRP treatments are a viable option for you.
How Long Until I See Results from my PRP Treatments?
The time it takes to experience results from PRP treatment will vary by patient, and this is dependent upon the condition being treated as well as your health and age. PRP treatments tend to work faster on arthritic joints as well as muscles and soft tissues—with tendons taking a bit more time. Ultimately, symptoms should begin to improve between one and three months, with most people experiencing a significant difference in their condition at the three-month mark.
What is the Recovery Process Like?
You will not experience any downtime or recovery time after your PRP treatment, and you will be able to continue with your daily activities. We only ask that you rest the affected area and avoid anti-inflammatory pain medication.
If you underwent PRP treatment on a joint, consider the use of crutches, a brace, or a sling to protect and immobilize the area.
Of course, you are welcome to apply a cold compress at home should you experience any post-injection pain or swelling.
How Long Do Results Last?
After your initial PRP treatment, you can likely expect to do some additional sessions to maintain your results every one to two years. Of course, this could vary depending on your individualized treatment and concerns. Speak with Dr. Page about how long you can anticipate your results to last.
Schedule a Consultation for PRP Treatment
Are you ready to book your PRP treatment consultation? Benefit from Dr. Page’s deep understanding of regenerative and anti-aging medicine and begin pursuing renewed health, wellness, and vitality. Live the pain-free life you have been dreaming of and recapture the mobility and functionality of your youth. Contact our team serving the Appleton, Wisconsin area today.