Pain is the most common reason Australians go to seek medical help, according to Pain Australia.
One in five Australians of the general population lives with chronic pain. For those over 65 years, the prevalence of pain rises to one out of three people.
Fortunately, medical advancements have increased the potential to improve the lives of people living with chronic pain. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is one such development.
PRP Therapy has proven to be useful in many medical fields. Not only is it used for treating chronic pain, it’s also used in cosmetic surgery to foster growth in selected treatment areas.
What is PRP Therapy?
PRP refers to the concentration of a patient’s blood cells which contains high amounts of platelets and growth factors. This is then injected into a targeted area to enhance healing and rejuvenate the skin, among many other purposes, in the process known as PRP Therapy.
For the process, a blood sample is extracted from patients. The blood goes to the centrifuge, which spins and extracts the platelets from the blood sample. The platelet-rich concentration is then injected into targeted areas.
How can PRP Therapy help with chronic pain?
PRP Therapy can provide relief from pain, similar to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and surgical treatments. However, unlike these earlier treatments, PRP therapy does not further complicate and weaken the problem areas.
Research from The New England Journal of Medicine showed that surgeries for damage done to the knee-cushioning cartilage were unable to repair the damage and get rid of the patient’s pain. In fact, the study specifies that the surgery was as good as if the patient did not undergo any surgery at all.
Surgeries that do nothing to ease the patient’s pain only add to expenses and cause emotional distress to patients.
With the development of PRP Therapy, patients have the option of a non-surgical treatment that is more affordable than most surgeries being offered.
How can PRP Therapy help foster growth?
PRP Therapy is also used in cosmetic surgery, as platelets are important for skin regeneration and can help heal and regrow collagen.
This treatment is used to treat eye bags, hair loss, discoloration and scarring. It is also used for stretch marks, acne scarring, skin tightening and fat transfers.
PRP Therapy gained media attention in 2013 when reality TV star Kim Kardashian was filmed undergoing the treatment for “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
For those looking for intensive treatments, the good news is that PRP Therapy is best used together with other treatments, such as dermal fillers.
For more information on how PRP is used for cosmetic treatments, click here.
Where can I get PRP Therapy?
For the best cosmetic PRP treatments in Australia, Skin Club – Cosmetic Doctors has a clinic in the heart of Melbourne at Studio 1 150A Chapel Street, Windsor.
Patients are handled by Skin Club’s expert doctors who provide obligation-free consultations to make sure each patient has a personalized treatment plan suited to their needs.
To book a consultation, drop by at the clinic or give us a call at (03) 9999 7368.