Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) stimulates your body’s natural healing powers and may help those who have musculoskeletal pain or an injury. The team at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Houston, Texas, offers regenerative medicine therapies like PRP to their patients to improve healing and mobility. To learn more about PRP and how it can help you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Your blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Platelets play a critical role in healing. The tiny cells not only stop bleeding but also contain growth factors and specialized proteins that help to repair damaged tissue.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a form of regenerative medicine that taps into the healing powers of your body’s own platelets. Created from a sample of your blood, PRP contains a high concentration of these platelets.
The team at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute uses PRP to stimulate healing, alleviate pain, and improve mobility for patients with musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.
PRP works by stimulating your body’s natural healing process. Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries may not heal as quickly as expected due to poor blood circulation to the area. This means your injury isn’t getting the healing properties needed to repair the damage.
With PRP, your provider at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute injects a high concentration of the platelets, growth factors, and specialized cells your injured or damaged tissue needs to start the healing process.
When you visit All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute for management of your musculoskeletal pain condition or injury, your provider conducts an in-depth clinical evaluation to determine the most effective treatment for you.
During your exam, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical history, and usual activities. You may be a good candidate for PRP if you have a musculoskeletal pain condition or injury that’s not responding to more conservative medical treatments, such as physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medication.
Conditions that PRP can effectively treat include:
The team may also suggest PRP for post-surgical care to accelerate healing and recovery.
Your provider at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute performs your PRP therapy at the office, usually in less than an hour. First, your provider draws a sample of blood from your arm and places it into a centrifuge to separate it into individual components.
The PRP is extracted and your provider injects the healing properties into the affected area under local anesthesia. After your PRP therapy, you should be able to resume your usual activities, unless directed otherwise.
PRP therapy is considered a conservative approach to pain management, and the healing process takes time. You may start to notice an improvement in your pain and mobility within a few weeks after your injection, and then continue to see improvements over the next several months.
Your provider schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and offer additional injections as needed.
To schedule your PRP consultation, call All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute or book an appointment online today.