5 Reasons To Try Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) Therapy
If you're looking for a new way to heal your body and feel better, try Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) therapy. PRF therapy is said to work by stimulating the growth of platelets in order to accelerate wound healing. Read on for 5 reasons why you should give PRF therapy a try!
- PRF is an autologous treatment option that significantly reduces the need for surgery.
- PRF has a lower risk of infection than other options like fasciotomies, or grafting as well as skin flaps and osteotomy procedures. It also doesn’t require any incisions since it uses your own tissue.
- The procedure is done in less time with more natural results because PRP takes advantage of your body’s healing process to regenerate tissues around injured areas which may have been compromised by injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). This promotes faster recovery times from injuries while preventing chronic pain and muscle atrophy over time due to injury related inflammation. With this therapy, patients will be able to regain normal mobility in a shorter period of time.
- As PRP is an autologous treatment, it also doesn’t require any anesthesia or sedatives which may have been needed with other treatments options like surgery and medication injections because the patient remains awake during the procedure while mild local anesthetics are used for pain relief post operatively. This makes the therapy a more cost effective option as well over surgeries that require hospitalization and multiple follow up visits. The recovery process after PRF will also not result in complications such as dry eyes, hair loss, nausea from medications or difficulty breathing due to heavy narcotics use with traditional approaches.
- Using PRP has shown positive results on many orthopedic conditions including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), and Achilles tendonitis.
How Long Do The Results Last?
PRF is administered in a series of six to eight weeks apart treatments. The volume will essentially dissipate after one to three weeks of results. Long-term effects, such as skin tightening, collagen production, and improved skin quality, may take three to four months to become apparent and can last six to twelve months. The expected benefits and outcomes of the PRF treatment are typically visible six weeks after the initial treatment.
How is Platelet Rich Fibrin stored?
PRF is stored in a sterile container at room temperature before use.
It's important to note that PRF should never be frozen, as it will not function properly after thawing and the risk for bacterial growth may increase. The shelf life of PRP is no more than six months when refrigerated or approximately one year when kept at ambient (room) temperature.
What To Avoid Before PRF Treatment
If you are thinking about getting PRF treatment, it is important that you avoid these things in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure.
- Alcohol or any drugs that can thin your blood (don't drink and take aspirin)
- Painkillers like Ibuprofen or Tylenol (these will also thin your blood)
- Coffee- Anything with caffeine can cause bleeding on the brain during surgery so make sure to stop drinking coffee 24 hours prior to surgery
Do You Need Help Recovering From An Injury With Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)?
Atlas Health Medical Group in Gilbert, Arizona specializes in providing Naturopathic / Functional Medicine to the East Valley including Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, San Tan and Queen Creek. Pain can come from many sources, but when you visit our comprehensive Naturopathic pain management clinic we’ll have a treatment approach tailored to your specific cause of pain as well as addressing contributing factors such as diet, lifestyle and other medical conditions. We are led by top-rated physicians well-versed in treating Athletic injuries using Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF). We pride ourselves on setting the standards of patient care and result-driven treatments. Our patients return to health and live the life they intended. Contact us today for your first appointment!