Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a unique approach to healing that encourages your body to repair and rebuild itself from within using your own resources. At Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group, PA, with offices in Silver Spring, Rockville, and Germantown, Maryland, the team of specialists uses every tool at their disposal to help with your musculoskeletal problems, and they’ve had great success with regenerative techniques like PRP. To learn more about PRP and regenerative medicine, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Your blood contains four ingredients: red and white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Your platelets are primarily responsible for clotting your blood, but they also contain powerful growth factors, or proteins, that aid in healing and repair.
For example, when you cut yourself, your platelets rush to the scene to stop the flow of blood. Once accomplished, they release growth factors that initiate the repair process and also call in reinforcements in the form of stem cells.
By isolating these growth factors, your orthopaedist provides your injury or damaged tissue with a healing boost that encourages your body to respond more quickly and with more resources.
PRP therapy is widely used in orthopaedic circles, where it’s enjoyed a large measure of success. The orthopaedists turn to PRP therapy for most conditions that involve damage to your soft tissue, including:
On top of these issues, PRP can play a valuable role in healing after surgery. By providing additional resources to your damaged tissue, the team at Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group can speed up your recovery, reduce inflammation and pain, and get you back to your active life more quickly.
With PRP therapy, your orthopaedist draws a sample of your own blood. Using a centrifuge, they separate out your platelets to create a concentrate, which they mix back in with your plasma. They then take this mixture and inject it directly into your damaged tissue, where the platelets go to work to help you heal on a cellular level.
Your orthopaedist performs the PRP therapy in-office and it usually takes about 35 minutes. You may need a series of treatments in order to provide your body with the resources it needs to regenerate and repair damaged tissue, which your doctor can determine based on your needs.
To learn more about regenerative medicine and PRP therapy at Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.