Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Specialist

Vital Health Scores

Integrative Diagnostic & Treatment Center located in Traverse City, MI

Your body is an amazing machine that has everything it needs to heal. However, sometimes the body doesn’t heal as quickly as you’d like. To assist your body’s natural healing power, Douglas Wigton, DO, at Vital Health Scores in Traverse, Michigan, offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to accelerate the healing process. To learn more about PRP therapy and how it can help you, contact the office today.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Q & A

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy?

PRP therapy is a revolutionary treatment that takes the healing properties from your own blood to accelerate the repair of damaged or diseased tissue. Dr. Wigton creates the PRP used for your therapy from a sample of your own blood that he spins in a centrifuge to separate the healing properties — platelets, growth factors, and specialized proteins — from the liquid plasma. When injected into your diseased or damaged tissue, the healing properties stimulate the healing and repairing of the tissue.

Am I a good candidate for PRP therapy?

Dr. Wigton determines if you’re a good candidate for PRP therapy during a comprehensive evaluation. At VHS, Dr. Wigton offers many innovative alternative treatments to help heal your body and improve health, and he works one-on-one with you to determine the best methods to help you meet your ultimate health and wellness goals. 

He may suggest PRP if you’re suffering from:

 

  • Arthritis
  • Sports injury
  • Ligament or tendon tear
  • Chronic tendon injury (tennis elbow)
  • Muscle injury

 

Dr. Wigton may also suggest PRP as a tool to accelerate healing after surgery. 

How do I prepare for PRP therapy?

Dr. Wigton provides specific instructions on how to prepare for PRP. Because PRP therapy initiates inflammation, you may be advised to refrain from using your anti-inflammatory medications for a set period of time before your treatment. Your anti-inflammatories may inhibit the healing powers of your PRP, making your treatment less effective. 

What can I expect during PRP therapy?

Dr. Wigton performs PRP therapy at the office, which usually takes about an hour. He begins by first drawing blood from your arm and preparing your PRP. Once your PRP is ready, he uses an imaging device, such as an ultrasound or X-ray, to pinpoint the site of your injection and administers your PRP.

After your PRP therapy, you should be able to resume your usual activities. Dr. Wigton provides specific instructions on a case-by-case basis.

How long does it take to see results from PRP therapy?

You may start to see the results of your PRP therapy soon after your injection, with continued improvements over the next several weeks to months as your body regenerates new tissue to replace the damaged tissue. Dr. Wigton closely monitors your progress and may suggest additional PRP therapy treatments if needed.

To schedule a consultation at Vital Health Scores to learn more about PRP therapy, contact the office today.