PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

AT THE ORTHOHEALING CENTER, WE ARE PIONEERS IN PRP THERAPY.

Not only have our physicians remained on the cutting edge of this minimally invasive approach, they have also been instrumental in researching and developing this technique from the outset. When you come to the Orthohealing Center, rest assured you are in the hands of those who know it best.

To learn more about our initial and ongoing participation in this innovative field, please visit our Research page.

PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY IS AN INNOVATIVE, ALL-NATURAL TREATMENT OPTION FOR TENDON INJURIES AND JOINT PAIN.

It’s a safe, non-surgical treatment that utilizes proteins and growth factors within platelets and plasma from your own blood.

At the Orthohealing center we are dedicated providing our patients with some of the most comprehensive and advanced PRP therapy Los Angeles has to offer.

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UNDERSTANDING HOW PRP THERAPY WORKS

Everyone’s blood is composed of the same key 4 components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Platelets are the essential component that PRP therapy relies on to potentially heal chronic injuries and relieve pain, while plasma contains anti-inflammatory proteins.

Platelets are an incredible army of cells that circulate in your blood. They are primarily recognized for controlling bleeding. However, they also release over 1500 growth factors and proteins that have been documented to facilitate wound healing and tissue repair. Platelet-rich plasma therapy works by isolating and concentrating the platelets within your own blood and selectively injecting them into injured areas

We continue to vigorously study PRP while collaborating with other field-leading colleagues to determine optimal preparations and applications. We have now learned that joints, tendons, muscles, and nerves each require specific and unique PRP formulations for best results, which are routinely incorporated into our treatments.

SYMPTOMS WE TREAT WITH PRP THERAPY

PRP therapy has been studied and published on a variety of musculoskeletal injuries.

According to controlled trials the following areas have shown efficacy:

  • Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Gluteal Tendinosis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Mild to Moderate Knee Osteoarthritis

At the Orthohealing Center, we’ve used this innovative and minimally invasive approach to treat a wide range of conditions. Further clinical trials and data analysis are necessary to better understand ideal applications and candidates for PRP.

In addition, PRP therapy is commonly used as a complement to orthopedic surgery. Some patients receive PRP injections after surgery while undergoing rehabilitation or while in the operating room

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR PRP THERAPY APPOINTMENTS

You can expect your platelet-rich plasma therapy visits to be a very comfortable and professional experience. Our team of physicians are among the most experienced in the world, having performed thousands of injections for over 13 years. Our team has published peer reviewed clinical trials, several textbook chapters and regularly lectures around the globe on PRP at premier symposiums.

To begin, we will draw your blood and spin it in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets and plasma proteins for your injections. We will then cleanse the treatment area and apply a local anesthetic to ensure a very pleasant experience.

Under the guidance of an ultrasound image (or less commonly X-Ray Fluoroscopic for spine), our Los Angeles experts will then inject the platelet-rich plasma directly into your specific injured areas. We believe that this is the optimal way to perform this procedure, as it allows us to clearly visualize the areas we are targeting and avoid trauma to the surrounding structures. Oftentimes several regions may be comprehensively targeted based on exam and imaging. For anxious patient oral nitrous oxide (laughing gas) may be used. Depending on the region and extent of injury, you may require multiple treatments, along with personalized physical therapy.

After your injections, there is often a very brief recovery period. For the first two days, it’s normal to experience some swelling and discomfort at the injection site, which should resolve on its own. In the meantime, we will provide you with instructions on safe ways to manage the discomfort.

Generally depending on the body region and extent of your injury, you may begin to feel the results of your PRP therapy within eight weeks. Ordinarily, the symptom relief and healing process continues to improve for several months after your final treatment

IS PRP THERAPY RIGHT FOR YOU?

PRP therapy is a breakthrough treatment that has helped many of our patients stay active and achieve profound relief from osteoarthritis, tendon injuries, chronic pain, acute athletic injuries and a number of other conditions.

To be considered an ideal candidate, your injury or condition should be of a mild to moderate level taking into account both imaging findings and functional status. If it’s very severe or advanced, you may require other orthobiologic interventions

Disclaimer: Our healthcare practitioners use products and perform therapies cleared for general use by the United States Food and Drug Administration, but specific indications for treatment have not be evaluated and reviewed by the FDA. You are encouraged to consult with your primary care physician prior to undergoing a cell therapy.

To learn more about our initial and ongoing participation in this innovative field, please visit our Research page.

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