PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections are a way of helping your body to heal itself using concentrated doses of your own healing cells. If you’re looking for a place that specializes in PRP, then Richard Rutledge, DO, and his team at Regenerative Medical Group Garden Grove and Orange, California, and Kirkland, Washington, is the place to go. They are experts in delivering PRP injections and other forms of regenerative medicine. Call Regenerative Medical Group today to find out more or book an appointment online.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a product made from your blood. Platelets are cells in your blood that help to make your blood clot if you cut yourself. Platelets also contain healing factors, growth factors, and other proteins that can repair damaged tissues and cause new tissue to grow.
PRP is one of the most popular treatments for soft-tissue and musculoskeletal injuries. Many world-class athletes receive PRP injections. PRP also has cosmetic uses and can help boost the growth of healthy skin and hair.
The first stage in your PRP therapy is taking a sample of your blood. Your provider at Regenerative Medical Group draws off blood from a vein in your arm, just as if you were giving a blood donation.
The blood goes into a centrifuge that spins around at such a high speed that the various parts of the blood separate.
Your provider then harvests the platelets and injects them into your body at the treatment site. The growth factors in the PRP boost the growth of new tissue, including collagen, a supportive fibrous tissue. The PRP boost helps your body to heal damaged tissues that it couldn’t completely heal the first time around.
These types of improperly healed injuries are a common cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain. They also cause weakness in the affected tissues so you might find you haven’t got full use of the affected limb or joint. PRP injections give your body the extra lift it needs to complete the healing task.
Because the ingredients in PRP come from your body, PRP injections are a very safe form of treatment, with virtually no possibility of an adverse reaction.
PRP injections are a useful option for soft-tissue injuries like sprains and strains that won’t heal properly. The Regenerative Medical Group team has had success with treating patients who have conditions like:
PRP injections can also speed up the healing of acute injuries.
It can take a while for PRP injections to take effect, so you might not experience instant results after your treatment. Improvement usually begins after the first few weeks and carries on for several months. You might need a series of PRP injections to get the maximum benefit.
To find out more about PRP injections, call Regenerative Medical Group today or book an appointment online.