Valley Orthopedic Institute
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand Surgeons located in Palmdale, CA & Ridgecrest, CA
Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself. With advances in medicine, Anand Shah, MD, Mehul Taylor, MD, and the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute are harnessing your body’s natural healing powers with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Made from your own blood, PRP contains a high concentration of the platelets and growth factors your body uses to heal injured and damaged tissue. To find out more about PRP and how it can help you, call the office in Palmdale or Ridgecrest, California, or schedule an appointment online today.
PRP Q & A
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a specially prepared blood product that has a high concentration of platelets and growth factors.
Your blood contains a mix of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. When you have an injury, your body circulates blood to the area to start the healing process.
The platelets in your blood play a significant role in your body’s healing process. These tiny cells stop bleeding and contain growth factors that initiate the regeneration of new cells and tissues to repair the damage.
When using PRP for treatment, the Valley Orthopedic Institute team takes a sample of blood from your arm. They place the blood sample in a centrifuge that isolates the platelets, creating a blood product that has a higher concentration of platelets and growth factors.
They inject the PRP into your injured or damaged tissue to “supercharge” the healing process.
Am I a candidate for PRP?
The Valley Orthopedic Institute team determines if you’re a candidate for PRP after a consultation. PRP injections may improve healing of injuries or damage that affect your muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
The team may consider you a candidate for PRP if you have:
- Resistant fractures
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Articular cartilage injury
- An acute tendon rupture
- Chronic tendinopathy
If you have a tendon or ligament injury that’s not responding to traditional medical interventions, such as medications and physical therapy, schedule an appointment with the experts at Valley Orthopedic Institute to see if PRP might benefit you.
What happens during PRP?
PRP is an in-office treatment. First your provider at Valley Orthopedic Institute takes a sample of blood from your arm to create your PRP. This process takes about 15-20 minutes.
Once your PRP is ready, your provider injects the healing properties into your injured tissue.
What can I expect after PRP?
Typically, patients experience an increase in pain during the first 1-2 weeks following their PRP injection. This is normal and part of the healing process. You should notice improvements in symptoms soon after.
The Valley Orthopedic Institute team may recommend a series of 1-3 PRP injections spaced over several weeks or months. There’s no limit to the number of PRP injections you can have.
Though results vary, PRP may reduce your healing time by as much as 50%.
To schedule your PRP consultation, call Valley Orthopedic Institute or book an appointment online today.
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