Platelets are known for blood clotting but they are also containing hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are important in the healing process of injuries. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is plasma made from a patient’s blood that has a higher platelet concentration than normal. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is produced by first drawing blood from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased through a process called centrifugation. The remaining blood is combined with the increased concentration of platelets.
What is PRP therapy?
PRP therapy uses injections of the concentrated platelets to increase the healing process. PRP is injected directly into the injured area. Dr. Reza Dehdari at the Advanced Healing Institute specializes in treating injuries with PRP therapy. Dr. Dehdari uses ultrasound imaging guidance because precision is key PRP healing. Ultrasound imaging helps ensure the right amount of PRP is injected to the exact injured location. This increases the PRP effectiveness.
Areas of treatment with PRP
PRP therapy can treat a variety of sports and acute injuries resulting in tendon, joint, and ligament pain. Factors that affect the efficiency of PRP therapy are the following: area of the body being treated, the overall health of the patient, and is the injury acute or chronic. Some areas that PRP therapy can treat are:
- Joint pain caused by inflammation after an acute injury
- Chronic Degenerative Joint Disease
- Muscle and ligament injuries
- Tendonitis- tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Early partial tendon tears
Most patients can resume normal activities following PRP therapy. If PRP is used for an injury, Dr. Dehdari may recommend resting the affected area. Since PRP injections are treating areas that need to heal, results may not be immediate. Healing is a process that takes time and patience.
Advanced Healing with PRP Therapy
If you are in the Lake Forest or surrounding areas, contact Advanced Healing Institute to schedule your appointment today.
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22972 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA, 92630
Phone: (949) 239-3206