You may have heard about athletes like Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant getting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to help heal an injury. These injections, which use your own blood, are increasingly being used to treat injuries or damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints and skin. (Web MD)
Plasma Rich Platelets (PRP) are used to treat injuries or damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints and skin. Your own blood platelets contain growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction, stimulate tissue regeneration and healing. PRP can help to stimulate the healing process, decrease pain, and enable a return to activities sooner. PRP can help curb pain and boost mobility. Early studies indicate that PRP injections may help treat osteoarthritis pain and stiffness by modulating the joint environment and reducing inflammation. Made from your own blood cells, PRP injections are low-risk and do not usually cause major side effects.
Platelet-rich plasma is simply blood that contains more platelets than normal. Platelets contain growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction, stimulate tissue regeneration and healing. Platelet-rich plasma treatment uses a patient’s own tissues. PRP injections are safe, not permanent, and relief is most noticeable after several weeks for joint injections. Platelet-rich plasma can help to curb pain and boost mobility. Platelet-rich plasma can help to stimulate the healing process, decrease pain and enable a return to activities sooner.
PRP injections can be done in our office. We draw your blood, then spin it through a centrifuge to separate the different types of blood cells. This creates a platelet-enriched plasma of your own blood. The provider will then inject this preparation into the desired site. Ask about our PRP injection specials for knee, hip, and shoulder pain.