Regenerative medicine treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) provide a safe, effective treatment option to traditional orthopedic surgery. Proactive Medical Center in Duluth, Georgia, proudly offers PRP therapy to men and women. To see if you’re a candidate for treatment, request a consultation by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that uses your body’s own growth factors, or platelets, to encourage your body’s natural healing process.
PRP injections may help ease pain and inflammation, promote circulation, and speed up recovery without the need for a time-consuming or complex orthopedic surgery.
PRP therapy isn’t FDA approved and research is still in its early stages. That said, many people report that PRP eases their symptoms and improves their overall quality of life.
At Proactive Medical Center, your provider uses PRP to treat a variety of common orthopedic problems, including:
If you pull a hamstring while playing sports or fall down and bruise your knee, PRP therapy can eliminate swelling and promote healing. This is particularly true if you’ve tried over-the-counter painkillers, ice, and rest without seeing an improvement in your symptoms.
Tendons are a group of soft tissues that connect your muscles to your bones. Following injury, tendons are usually slow to heal. your provider regularly prescribes PRP therapy to promote healing of Achilles tendinitis, tennis elbow, and jumper’s knee.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that causes your cartilage, a soft cushion-like substance, to wear away. Ultimately, this causes your bones to rub up against one another, causing swelling, stiffness, and pain. It’s thought that PRP can limit joint pain and encourage mobility.
You might also benefit from PRP therapy following surgery. A series of PRP injections can trigger the growth of healthy cells and tissue, speeding up your body’s recovery process. This is particularly true if you’ve undergone an orthopedic or joint-replacement type of surgery.
Your provider performs PRP treatment in-office. At the beginning of your appointment, he draws a sample of blood from your arm and places it into a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins rapidly, separating your platelets from the rest of your blood.
After the centrifuge finishes spinning, your provider takes the concentrated platelet solution and injects it into an injured or diseased area, such as a sprained ankle or arthritic knee. Once the PRP enters your bloodstream, it goes to work promoting healing and healthy circulation.
To learn more about the benefits of PRP, request an appointment at Proactive Medical Center by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.