Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a remarkable and widely-used injectable substance containing platelets, growth factors, and liquid plasma from your own blood. A medical provider obtains the sampleby a simple blood draw in the office and places the blood in a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spinsthe sample very rapidly, separating the blood into distinct layers. The layer full of concentrated platelets, plasma and specific white blood cells will make up the PRP used for the injection treatment.
Our specialist Glenn M. Flanagan, MD, frequently uses PRP injections to augment the speed and effectiveness of healing for musculoskeletal injuries like tendinitis, arthritis, bursitis, and ligament sprains. Here at Naples Regenerative Institute in Naples, Florida, Dr. Flanagan recommends PRP injections for treating manymusculoskeletal injuries.
The platelets and growth factors within PRP are activated by healing tissue to boost natural healing of the injuries , and you’ll notice a difference within several weeks.
If you’re wondering whether PRP is a viable option for your orthopedic treatment, here are a few things to consider:
The types of injuries PRP can treat
PRP injections help your body’s natural healing mechanisms. The platelets send growth factors to the area to start rebuilding the damaged tissues. PRP also helps reduce painful inflammation, so you can rely less on anti-inflammatory medications.
Athletes , active individuals and patients in pain can benefit from the healing properties of PRP injections for injuries and conditions such as:
- Muscle injuries
- Ligament injuries
- Tendon injuries
- Spinal Disc Injuries
- Nerve injuries
Many musculoskeletal injuries occur around joints. These injuries can happen suddenly or over time due to overuse of a particular joint. Within a comprehensive treatment plan, PRP injections help decrease pain and improve mobility.
Your health matters
PRP injections are an effective alternative to anti-inflammatory medications,opioids, cortisone injections, and they may even help you avoid surgery. Yet, the first step in determining if you’re a candidate for PRP injections is a review of your health.
There are a few contraindications for PRP injections that Dr. Flanagan checks for. Certain conditions affecting your blood may render you unable to get PRP injections safely, such as anemia, bleeding or clotting disorders, anticoagulant therapy, and infections. Certain skin diseases can also make the injections unsafe.
Prepare with these steps
If Dr. Flanagan recommends PRP injections, he also gives you detailed instructions on how to prepare for a successful procedure. Certain medications and some supplements can increase bleeding, and you may have to stop taking them for a time before getting the injections.
Physical therapy is usually an important part of your treatment plan after the injections so you can get back to the activities you enjoy quickly.
Find out if PRP can benefit you
Are you ready to learn more about PRP and how it can improve your musculoskeletal injury? Schedule your next appointment over the phone or online at Naples Regenerative Institute today.