Gone are the days when the only option for orthopedic injuries or conditions was surgery. Advances in medicine and technology open up a new world of promising therapies. One solution that J. Michael Bennett, MD, PA, is proud to offer is platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, therapy.
The plasma in your blood is loaded with platelets that are rich in growth factors that are renowned for their healing abilities. PRP is a natural serum that comes directly from your blood when our team isolates the platelets and concentrates them in our centrifuge machine.
Dr. Bennett injects the PRP directly into your problem area to accelerate healing. The procedure is especially useful for orthopedic conditions such as:
The entire PRP procedure takes no more than an hour and causes little to no pain. First, our team draws some blood from your arm and places it in a centrifuge machine that spins and shakes the blood vigorously. The process causes the red blood cells and the concentrated platelets to separate. The red blood cells are discarded, and the platelet-rich plasma goes into a syringe. Using image guidance, Dr. Bennett precisely injects the PRP into your injured area.
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the many benefits of PRP. Our team uses the procedure because it:
Tissues in tendons, muscles, and ligaments respond especially well to PRP therapy and are often used during surgery to assist with the healing process.
The PRP mixture is rich in growth proteins that activate your body’s natural healing process. When Dr. Bennett injects the serum directly into your area of need, it goes to quick work to make repairs and accelerate the overall healing process.
Depending on where and how severe your injury is, PRP may prove so helpful that you won’t need surgery. Many athletes rely on PRP to help them recover from common sports injuries so they can get back in the game as soon as possible.
Each situation is dependent on the severity and location of the injury, but for many orthopedic conditions, PRP offers a permanent fix. It typically takes about a month or two to begin seeing improvement, with steady increases in function over time.
Many of our patients prefer PRP injections to avoid medications, surgery, or artificial substances. Because PRP comes from your body and blood and nothing is added to it, it’s a completely natural solution.
To learn more about how PRP can help you heal from an orthopedic injury, call the office closest to you or book your appointment online.