What's PRP Therapy?
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) Therapy is an exciting in-office procedure as it allows doctors to inject PRP into an injured area, stimulating our own bodies ability to heal itself. With PRP therapy, doctors can harvest PRP from a patient’s own blood. After separated in a centrifuge, this plasma is injected back into a patient’s affected area to encourage faster healing. PRP has a great concentration of growth factors that can help the body repair itself in a targeted area and help minimize pain.
Advantages of PRP Therapy
Patients can benefit from PRP therapy. The procedure’s advantages include:
- Non-surgical procedure
- Minimally invasive
- Normally, patients experience a significant reduction in pain after the first or second injection
- Triggers your body to heal itself in a targeted area
- The PRP’s natural growth factors promote healing
- Minimal to no recovery time
- Outpatient procedure
- Source of PRP is patient’s own blood
Conditions That Can Benefit from PRP Therapy
PRP Therapy can be used to treat:
- Athletic injuries
- Chronic pain
- Spinal cord injuries
- Orthopedic conditions
- Autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and lupus
- Neurological diseases like Parkinson’s, ALS and Alzheimer’s
- Heart diseases
- Respiratory disorders
How PRP Works
Platelet rich plasma or PRP, is human blood that is separated using a centrifuge to isolate the platelets from the blood cells. Our body’s blood is made of a combination of 93% red blood cells, 6% white blood cells, and 1% plasma and platelets. Platelets are our bodies defense that contributes to our natural healing processes. The body’s first response to tissue injury is to deliver platelets to the injured area. The main contribution of these cells are their clotting ability, however they also provide an incredible healing factor for muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints naturally. By using PRP therapy, we use concentrated amounts of the healing platelets and deliver them to parts of the body that need accelerated healing.
The platelets start the healing process as they work to attract stem cells to the place of injury. As we use PRP therapy, we are able to inject these natural healing platelets into tendons, muscles, ligaments, and joints. By locating the exact location of the injury by means of fluoroscopy, we can use this therapy to reduce pain, improve function, and prevent further degeneration. Fluoroscopy, (X-Ray) provides us with detailed view of the internal structures while delivering the most precise PRP injections.
PRP therapy provides outpatient treatment that is convenient, time efficient, and effective. With minimal downtime and quick treatments, many patients continue active lives with little to none recovery time. The number of injections varies depending on each patient’s individualized condition, but typically range anywhere from two to six injections spaced out over time. Patients typically experience significant reduction in pain after the first or second injection.
Please call (949) 416-8339 to schedule a consultation to see if PRP Therapy is right for you.