When you’ve had it with chronic pain or an injury that’s slow to heal, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy may be the treatment you need. The team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine in Chevy Chase and Greenbelt, Maryland, has extensive experience making PRP in the office from your own blood, and then using it to jump-start the healing process. If you have questions about PRP therapy or you want to schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or use the online booking feature today.
Platelets are naturally found in your blood. When you’re injured, platelets immediately migrate to the damaged tissues and release proteins called growth factors.
The growth factors then:
When you get PRP therapy, your doctor at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine uses ultrasound imaging to inject a dose of PRP precisely at the site of your injury. The injected platelets immediately go into action, releasing growth factors that promote healing.
The team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine makes PRP in the office. They begin by drawing a sample of your blood and then process the blood in a centrifuge.
The centrifuge separates platelets and plasma, the liquid part of your blood, from the other cells in your blood. Your provider combines a high concentration of platelets with some plasma and immediately uses it in your injection.
The team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine may recommend PRP to treat a vast range of orthopedic conditions, including:
PRP’s ability to boost healing and reduce inflammation also makes it a potential treatment for most conditions that cause chronic pain.
Though PRP accelerates healing in any type of injury, this treatment is especially beneficial if you have a severe injury that overwhelms your body’s healing ability, or if you have a slow-healing wound.
Wounds often heal slowly when: aging slows down your body’s response; you have a health condition that restricts blood flow; or the injury is in a tissue that has a poor blood supply.
In some cases, the team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine combine PRP therapy with stem cell therapy. Though the growth factors in PRP attract stem cells to the damaged area, your injury may need extra stem cells to support healing.
Whether you want to speed up healing or you need relief from pain, call APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine or book an appointment online to learn if you’re a good candidate for PRP therapy.