What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a concentration of platelets, which can accelerate healing. The process of using PRP to treat an injury/ condition involves drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood, concentrating their platelets from the rest of the blood sample that is drawn using a specialized centrifuge, then injecting the product precisely in the region of the identified injury under direct visualization (fluoroscopy or ultrasound). PRP accelerates the body's healing process and may lead to a more complete recovery. Platelets contain packets of natural growth hormones and proteins that send signals to your tissues to increase tissue rebuilding and enhance your recovery. The final product may contain concentrated platelets 5 – 6 times over baseline along with growth factors. PRP has proven to be an effective natural alternative to steroid injections.
If you are interested in PRP therapy, contact Southwest Spine & Sports in Scottsdale, AZ, to schedule a consult. Our team is always excited to discuss all the benefits of PRP and how it can help to improve your health.
What are the Benefits of PRP therapy?
There are newly published studies coming out that support the use and demonstrate the benefit of PRP in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, like tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendinitis, and degenerative arthritis affecting joints, like the knee.
Where does PRP come from and how does it work?
A sample of your blood is taken under sterile conditions. The blood is placed in a specialized centrifuge that spins the blood twice. Once to eliminate RBC and isolate your plasma, then a second time to concentrate the platelets within your plasma. What is created is known as PRP.
Using ultrasound guidance, the PRP is injected into the injured area with precision. PRP stimulates a healing process. It increases blood flow to the area, repairs damaged tissue, reduces inflammation, and promotes new cell growth, often resulting in faster, fuller healing. PRP is a great solution for sports and repetitive injuries as it can offer a quick recovery and is non-surgical.
What can I expect after a PRP treatment?
After the injection, you may experience some discomfort at the injection site for a few days. You may have to reduce your activity level for up to two weeks post-procedure. We recommend you steadily increase your activity level as the movement becomes more tolerable. The full benefit of a PRP injection is slow and gradual. You may keep experiencing improvements for 3 – 4 months.
Experience Restorative Healing
With PRP therapy, you can experience restorative healing to various areas of the body. Our team at Southwest Spine & Sports is proud to offer this innovative treatment for our Scottsdale, AZ patients. To learn more about this procedure, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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