Medications, physical therapy, and surgery aren’t always the most effective treatments for injuries and other musculoskeletal pain. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a regenerative therapy that promotes faster healing using growth factors found in your own blood. For more information on how PRP boosts the recovery of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. German Zermeno at the American Institute of Natural Medicine in Tustin, California.
Platelet Rich Plasma Q & A
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Your blood consists of plasma, red cells, white cells, and platelets. Each element plays a vital role in your health an function; your platelets aid in clotting and contain proteins called growth factors, which promote healing.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains 5-10 times more platelets than is typically found in your blood and can be used to boost the healing process and relieve pain in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints.
How does platelet-rich plasma work?
Dr. Zermeno draws your blood and places it in a centrifuge. This centrifugation process separates the platelets from your other blood cells. Dr. Zermeno injects these high concentrations of platelets into your target area.
Dr. Zermeno injects a mixture of PRP and local anesthetic directly into your inflamed tissue. Depending on the severity of your condition or injury, it may take several weeks and 2-3 injections before you feel the full effects of the treatment.
What conditions can platelet-rich plasma treat?
PRP injections improve function and decrease pain associated with several afflictions, including:
- Chronic tendon injuries: tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, jumper’s knee, torn meniscus
- Acute sports injuries: such as ligament and muscle injuries, pulled hamstring muscles, and non-healing sprains
- Chronic musculoskeletal conditions: including osteoarthritis
PRP can help tissues heal after shoulder surgery to repair torn rotator cuff tendons. It also promotes healing after an injury to your knee, such as an MCL or ACL tear.
The results from PRP therapy are enhanced when used in combination with ozone or photodynamic therapy.
What are the side effects of PRP?
Because PRP uses your blood, there are few risks associated with its use. Most patients don’t have any negative reactions to PRP.
Dr. Zermeno recommends that you rest immediately following the procedure and that you participate in a progressive stretching and strengthening program over the following weeks.
To find out if PRP can eliminate the pain associated with your injury, call or book an appointment online at the American Institute of Natural Medicine today.