Chronic pain has hindered millions of people from doing their daily tasks and enjoying activities they used to love. But new research and developments in healthcare and medicine have brought us regenerative treatments that have forever changed the way we handle chronic pain and have drastically improved our ability to preserve overall mobility and functionality.
Among those regenerative treatments is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. It is a procedure that stimulates natural cell growth and tissue repair by injecting a concentrated platelet solution, extracted from the patient’s blood, into the damaged areas.
PRP Therapy is a safe, low-risk, and viable alternative health procedure for those who wish to avoid more invasive and high-risk treatment solutions and medications. But despite the multiple, proven benefits and effects of PRP Therapy, there are unfortunately still some people who question its efficacy.
In this blog, we’ll be debunking 5 common myths about PRP Therapy.
MYTH #1: PRP TREATMENTS ARE EXPENSIVE
Depending on the underlying issue, PRP therapies generally cost around $500 to $2500 per injection. To give you some context, knee replacement surgeries can cost between $30,000 and $50,000. It’s also worth noting that due to the rising popularity of PRP therapy as an alternative health treatment, more and more clinics are implementing comprehensive payment methods for the convenience of their patients.
And since PRP therapy is a regenerative solution that doesn’t require invasive surgery or endless medications, recovery time is shorter, and the number of follow-ups and post-treatment visits is far fewer.
MYTH #2: PRP IS ONLY EFFECTIVE IN YOUNGER PATIENTS & ATHLETES
Athletes are susceptible to various injuries in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons due to the nature of their profession. PRP is commonly used to treat sports and overuse injuries because it uses the body’s own healing mechanisms to restore athletes’ physical mobility.
Because of this, many skeptics may assume that PRP Therapy will be ineffective in older people, whose cells have lower regenerative abilities. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Our cells have incredible potential, no matter our age; it is simply a matter of harnessing and applying them strategically.
People of all ages and professions may be prone to chronic pain and injuries because our bodies naturally decline. PRP Therapy has helped many older adults and seniors suffering from these conditions regain their mobility and find relief from their pain.
MYTH #3: PRP TREATMENTS HAVE STRICT AGE LIMITS
While most people who undergo PRP Therapy are adults, there are no strict age limits. The majority of the conditions it treats, such as hair loss and degenerative diseases, simply occur more frequently in adults and seniors.
For safety reasons, it is highly recommended that only persons above the age of 18 should opt for PRP Therapy. But at the end of the day, your eligibility to undergo PRP treatments will depend on the diagnosis and recommendations of your health providers.
MYTH #4: PRP THERAPY IS STILL FRESH FROM THE TESTING PHASE
Because human lives are at stake, all drugs, treatments, and medical procedures must undergo extensive testing, development, and research before they are even made available to the public. PRP Therapy is not new —in fact, it has been used in medicine for decades now.
The very notion of PRP Therapy was first created in the 1970s by hematologists, who coined the term to describe the concentrated platelet solutions they were using to treat patients with thrombocytopenia. This solution would then be used for maxillofacial surgeries within the next decade. Following that, research saw its potential in treating musculoskeletal diseases—which leads us to where we are today.
MYTH #5: PRP TREATMENTS CAN POSE SEVERE RISKS
PRP treatments are non-invasive and do not require surgery. Most importantly, the concentrated platelet solutions are extracted from the patient’s own blood. This means that these solutions won’t cause any further disorder within the damaged areas and face no risk of being rejected by the patient’s body.
And there you have it! We hope this blog addresses any lingering concerns you might have surrounding PRP treatments. If you or a loved one is currently dealing with symptoms of chronic pain and soft tissue injuries, let Beyer Functional Wellness assist you.
Beyer Functional Wellness is a proud provider of Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO. To learn more about how affordable our PRP treatments are, feel free to call us at 708-478-0690, or click here