Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections efficiently repair muscles and ligaments and relieve pain by stimulating healing and new tissue growth. The team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center produces PRP from your blood, then uses it to treat sports injuries, arthritis, tendonitis, and many musculoskeletal conditions. If you have questions about PRP injections or want to find out if they can help you, call their offices in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, or request a consultation online today.
PRP contains plasma (the liquid portion of your blood) and a higher level of platelets than the amount typically found in your blood. This high concentration of platelets produces a therapeutic effect when your provider injects PRP to treat your damaged tissues.
PRP is produced on-site using your blood. The team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center places your blood sample in a centrifuge, which spins and separates the platelets from other blood components. Then, your doctor combines the concentrated platelets with a small amount of plasma to create your PRP injection.
The platelets naturally found in your blood are packed with proteins called growth factors. When your body is injured, platelets travel to the damaged tissues and release growth factors. The growth factors then ease your pain by:
PRP is especially beneficial for healing when you have a severe injury that needs more support than your body’s natural platelets can provide. The extra platelets draw more stem cells to the injury, and the stem cells regenerate new muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone, and skin.
Your doctor at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center can precisely target damaged tissues with PRP injections and treat many musculoskeletal conditions, including:
If your injury needs surgery, your provider may apply PRP to the wound to speed up healing and promote a faster recovery.
After using a topical anesthetic to numb the site, your provider uses real-time imaging such as ultrasound or fluoroscopy to see the tissues and guide the needle. They carefully insert the needle, guiding it to the damaged tissues, and inject your PRP.
After your injection, it’s normal to have some discomfort at the injection site for a few days. You may also need to avoid strenuous activities for a while. This gives the PRP time to start working before adding more movement and stress to the area.
Your provider talks with you about any activity limitations and answers all of your questions before you go home.
To learn whether PRP injections can help your condition, call Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, or request an appointment online today.
PRP Therapy (Overview)