Platelet-rich plasma is a derivative of your own blood. To create the substance, a sample of your blood is spun down in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelet count. This sample is then combined with a small amount of your plasma (the liquid portion of your blood).
Platelets are a natural component of your blood that helps with clotting and wound healing. When concentrated in PRP, the platelets are able to send healing cytokines to the treated area to spur the development of new tissue and reduce inflammation.
Your platelets are rich in growth factors, which have an intense healing effect. When injected into damaged or injured joints or connective tissue, they can:
PRP injections offer healing that delays or eliminates your need for surgery in places like your hip or knee. PRP has healing effects that help stimulate the regeneration of cells that can build muscle, ligaments, cartilage, bone, and skin.
Your doctor at Pain Specialists of Oregon precisely targets damaged tissues with PRP injections. PRP is used to treat joint and connective tissue conditions like:
PRP injections may even be used in conjunction with surgery to speed healing and enhance your recovery.
PRP treatment is a simple, in-office procedure. You provide a sample of blood in a traditional blood draw — usually through your arm. Once your blood is prepared as PRP, your provider numbs the treatment area and uses real-time ultrasound imaging to find the exact point for the injections.
Once the PRP is injected, you’re welcome to head home. You may have some discomfort at the injection site for a few days. Your provider may recommend you avoid strenuous activities for a few days or weeks so the PRP can start working without extra stress.
To learn more about how platelet-rich plasma can help heal your joint pain, call Pain Specialists of Oregon, or use the online tool to request your appointment.