Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe and effective regenerative treatment that uses your body’s cells to heal your injury or degenerative disease. The board-certified orthopaedists at Pro Sports and Elite Rehab often recommend PRP therapy to treat a severe injury or slow-healing wound. If you’re tired of struggling with the pain or worried about the pace of healing, call the office in Vero Beach, Florida, or schedule an appointment online today.
PRP therapy refers to getting an injection of concentrated platelets mixed with a small amount of plasma. Both components come from your own blood. Plasma is the liquid part, while platelets are cells that live in your blood.
Your Pro Sports and Elite Rehab provider makes PRP in the office. They draw a sample of your blood and process it in a centrifuge, which separates the platelets and plasma from the other blood cells. Then they draw the platelets and plasma into a syringe, creating the PRP for your treatment.
Platelets have two essential jobs. When you’re injured, they travel through your blood to the damaged area. Then they stop the bleeding and release proteins called growth factors.
Growth factors begin your body’s natural healing process by triggering activities in the nearby cells. In this role, growth factors:
After your provider gives you an injection of PRP, the platelets do their normal job. They release growth factors, which in turn helps your injury heal.
Pro Sports and Elite Rehab may recommend PRP to treat many orthopaedic conditions, whether you suffered an injury or the problem is caused by a disease.
A few examples of the conditions treated with PRP include:
PRP promotes healing for any condition, but it’s especially beneficial for severe injuries, slow-healing wounds, and injuries in tissues that don’t have a good blood supply.
Your provider numbs the injection site with a topical anesthetic and uses real-time imaging to guide the needle to the damaged tissues. Once the needle is in place, they inject your PRP.
After your injection, you may have a little discomfort for a few days. You should also avoid strenuous physical activity. Your provider tells you everything you need to know about your recovery at the time of your treatment.
You may need several PRP treatments, but it depends on the type of injury, its location, and the severity of damage. Your Pro Sports and Elite Rehab provider talks with you about your recommended treatment regimen before you have your first PRP injection.
To learn if PRP therapy can help relieve your pain, call Pro Sports and Elite Rehab or book an appointment online today.