Beginner's Guide To PRP
PRP, or platelet-rich-plasma therapy is a regenerative therapy that has been used in a variety of settings – aesthetic, surgical, wound care, and more.
Dr. Warner’s clinical experience using this regenerative therapy inspired her to continue incorporating natural and alternative types of treatments into both her personal life and clinical practice. This has led to a deep understanding of such treatments and discerning whether or not her patients can benefit from them instead of more invasive procedures. She has been able to apply the powers of PRP into not just surgical procedures but for many outpatient injuries, degenerative conditions and for issues related to skin and connective tissue health.
PRP Therapy uses one of the body’s most efficient healing devices to improve and speed up recovery. Basically, PRP allows for the application of concentrated amounts of your own platelets to the damaged region. Platelets are filled with granules that hold growth factors and proteins integral to healing. Platelet activation is a crucial aspect of wound and soft tissue healing.
Platelets are tiny cell fragments that help to promote healing in injured areas of the body and relieve pain. Without platelets there would be no ability for natural healing of the body from injury, disease, degeneration and environmental toxins or chronic inflammation.
Studies show PRP makes chronic conditions resemble a new injury and the healing response renews. This new response combined with the growth and healing factors that PRP provides can lead to an improved chance of healing, which may mean surgery isn’t necessary in some cases. If your provider indicates a need for surgery, ask if PRP is a viable option.
If you are interested in PRP, here’s a general idea of what to expect.
Your blood is extracted using a sterile method, and then separated in a centrifuge in the office. This separates your plasma from the rest of your blood cells. After this, your PRP will be drawn into a syringe and applied where it’s needed most. In an aesthetic setting, your PRP may be added into a microneedling procedure and deposited under the skin in a series of small punctures. For problems such as tendinitis or degenerative muscles or connective tissues, often an ultrasound is utilized to target the injection of PRP to structures deep to the skin.
Dr. Warner recently developed a PRP Collagen Complex cream that bypasses microneedling altogether by harnessing the power of phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are generally from plant extracts and can interact with the human body in a variety of healing ways – CBD is an example of a phytochemical; it acts on the endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation, anxiety, restore hormonal balance, and more.
The phytochemical and phytonutrient blend Dr. Warner uses in this Collagen Complex helps to drive PRP through the tight skin barrier to the collagen and other connective tissues underneath, negating the need for microneedling or other tissue trauma and providing a powerfully revitalizing solution for those who want to use a powerful anti-aging treatment at home.
In a surgical setting, PRP is extracted and separated while you are under anesthesia typically, then injected where needed during your procedure. There are also outpatient PRP therapies available for those who need regenerative therapy to improve joint function, heal scar tissue, and more. During such procedures, your PRP is extracted, separated, and injected into the site of treatment (which is typically numbed beforehand.)
At Well Theory, our goal is to help you live and age better – with better function, increased vitality, and with less pain. Our healthy living research is centered on natural options for treatment that utilize lifestyle changes, natural botanical compounds, proper nutrition, and more. Dr. Warner practices patient-led, individualized medicine in her clinic, and developed Well Theory to extend the same resources to you.
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Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.
She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.
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