What Are PRP Injections?

PRP injections (Platelet-Rich Plasma) help heal a multitude of ailments that range from sports-related injuries in joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, to cosmetic procedures to combat signs of aging, acne scars, and hair loss. Many people opt for PRP treatment after surgery to increase the procedure’s success, enhance the healing process, and speed up recovery time. PRP treatment may help alleviate arthritis-related pain and other various musculoskeletal conditions.

PRP injections are highly beneficial for healing and recovery time. To learn whether you are a strong candidate for PRP treatment, call our office to schedule a consultation (719) 418-3569.

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What is a PRP Injection?

PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) is otherwise known as autologous conditioned plasma. Autologous means the plasma comes from the patient’s blood. PRP treatment is a concentration of platelet-rich plasma proteins that, when injected into problem areas, can help stimulate the healing process and aid in reducing inflammation.

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PRP Injections are Commonly Used to Treat the Following Conditions:

Sports Injuries: PRP injections help heal torn tendons, muscle injuries, joint pain, tendinitis, tennis elbow, patellar tendon pain, ankle tendonitis, and runner’s knee. PRP treatment can also work for arthritis-related concerns.

Cosmetic Procedures: PRP injections can be used in facial treatments for fine wrinkles, age spots, scars from injury, acne scars and is also used to combat hair loss and thinning which can be as a result of androgenic alopecia (male and female pattern baldness).

Sports Injuries & Recovery

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At Sunstone Regenerative Medicine, our doctors have utilized PRP injections to treat various chronic tendon ailments and find it increasingly beneficial for tennis elbow, patellar tendon pain, ankle tendonitis, and runner’s knee. PRP injections can treat acute sports injuries as well, and when combined with surgery, patients typically notice enhanced healing and report a faster recovery.

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PRP Injection for Knee Injuries

This low-risk procedure uses your blood to activate new cell growth and reduce inflammation in the injured knee tissue. It has been an effective treatment for partially torn ligaments, jumper’s knee, and Osteoarthritis (OA).

PRP Injection for Shoulder Pain

PRP treatment enhances the healing process of shoulder pain and is an effective treatment for soft-tissue muscle injuries, tendinitis, joint injuries, and some partially torn rotator cuff tears.

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Cosmetic Procedures

PRP Injection for Face

PRP injections for the face are used to treat wrinkles, acne scars, scars from injury, and sun damage. It is a simple procedure where patients receive a local topical anesthetic to the designated treatment area to minimize discomfort. PRP is then applied to the skin using a micro-needling technique. Within a few days, most patients notice significantly healthier-looking skin.

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Hair Loss

You will find many of the top hair replacement experts and dermatologists are using PRP injections. PRP injections can either thicken hair or stimulate natural hair growth for men and women suffering from hair loss or thinning of hair.

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Can PRP Regrow Hair?

Yes, many professionals have reported they achieved success by growing new hair in balding patients using PRP injections. PRP treatment platelets activate newly implanted hair follicles creating/stimulating hair growth. To learn more, call (719) 418-3569.

Does PRP Thicken Hair?

Platelets contain highly concentrated growth factors that stimulate new hair growth — before and after pictures of PRP treated patients show a substantial improvement for healthy regrowth.

PRP Injection Side Effects

Compared to other treatment options, PRP therapy produces minimal side effects. Depending on the type of treatment you receive, you might experience some side effects that include mild nausea, dizziness, and lightheadedness. In some instances, slight swelling may occur in the treatment area and dissipate after a few hours to a few days. When used for cosmetic treatments you may also experience some redness in the treated areas.

PRP Injection Recovery Time

It’s normal to rest for a couple of days after treatment, but you shouldn’t experience much discomfort after this time. Your recovery time depends on the procedure. Although PRP treatment speeds up recovery overall, patients who receive PRP injections in conjunction with surgery will experience a longer recovery time than someone who has received PRP injections as a skincare treatment.

How Many PRP Injections Are Needed?

We often offer up to three PRP injections over six months, but the recommendation is specifically customized to each individual’s condition and the severity of that condition. Typically, we prefer to space these out either weekly or for cosmetic and hair regeneration treatments, by four to six weeks. After the first or second injection, you might notice a profound relief in pain. Of course, treatment depends on what PRP therapy your providers recommend for your condition. A patient getting injections for hair loss might require a different schedule than someone using it for knee pain.

How Long Do PRP Injections Last?

The maximum effects of PRP injections occur after the first few months. Results will vary based on what PRP treatment you receive and what condition is being treated.

PRP Maintenance Treatments

Patients receive the first three sets of treatments over six months and will continue to receive PRP maintenance treatments as designated by the healthcare provider. PRP maintenance treatments are typically given every four to six months.

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PRP Injection Cost

According to Scientific American, the average costs of PRP injection ranged from $500 to $2,000 in 2019.

Is Stem Cell Better Than PRP?

PRP isn’t as powerful as stem cell therapy. With stem cells, a more significant concentration of immune and growth factors are injected into the targeted area. At Sunstone Regenerative Medicine, we look at each person’s individual needs and the severity of their condition.  For example, someone with severe Osteoarthritis may be better served with stem cell therapy than PRP.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment in Colorado Springs

At Sunstone Regenerative Medicine, we provide only quality care to our patients. Our expert providers are skilled at finding the best course of treatment for whatever conditions you face.

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