Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is an exciting, new treatment that works with the body’s natural systems to accelerate healing. If you are experiencing tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, or a variety of other hip, knee, leg, shoulder, arm or foot conditions, PRP Therapy could turn your healing time from months into weeks. Are you ready to learn more about this promising solution?
How does PRP Therapy Work?
When you are injured, your body’s natural reaction is to send platelets and white blood cells to the damaged area to initiate and stimulate healing. These platelets contain growth factors that are key to the healing process. The latest advancements in medicine allow us to separate the platelets and white blood cells from the patient’s own blood and inject that solution directly into the injured tissue.
A PRP injection is prepared first by taking a small sample of blood is drawn. The blood is spun at a very high speed in a centrifuge, which separates the platelets from other components. This concentrated solution is then injected directly into and around the point-of-injury, which simulates the actual healing process, at a much more potent rate.
What is PRP Therapy treatment like?
One of the benefits of PRP Therapy is, unlike surgery, it can be administered in a regular medical office without general anesthesia, hospital stays, or prolonged recovery time. Once your doctor has determined that you are a good candidate for Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy, the procedure typically takes around one to two hours. One to three procedures are recommended depending on the severity of the injury, performed four to six weeks apart.
After the injection, it is normal to have some soreness, as this is a sign that the healing response is taking effect. Depending on your injury, your doctor might discuss a physical therapy or medication options along with PRP therapy. Patients can most often resume normal day to day activities soon after the injection.
Is PRP Therapy Safe?
PRP injections are extremely safe. At this time, PRP Therapy has no known side effects. Because it uses the patient’s own blood, there is very low risk for rejection, disease transmission, or allergic reaction. As with any injection, there is a risk of infection or bleeding, but complications from PRP therapy are very rare.
PRP Therapy at the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County
Do you have chronic pain that you want to get treated without the risks of surgery? A trained specialist at OCPBC can help determine if PRP Therapy is right for you. For more information visit our PRP Therapy page or call 561-967-6500 to schedule an evaluation appointment at one of our three locations throughout Palm Beach County.