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 to orthopedic wellness, 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. With our approach, you can expect:
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 the healing properties of platelets from your own blood to help jumpstart the healing process and oftentimes delivering profound pain relief. At the Orthohealing center we are dedicated providing our patients with some of the most comprehensive PRP therapy Los Angeles & Beverly Hills has to offer.
Understanding how PRP therapy works
Everyone’s blood is composed of the same key 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.
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 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, triggering your body’s natural healing process and thereby reducing inflammation and pain.
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.
Conditions we treat with PRP therapy
PRP therapy has been applied to an array of musculoskeletal injuries, and has exhibited positive results in most, although further clinical trials are necessary to better understand ideal applications. At the Orthohealing Center, we’ve successively used this innovative and minimally invasive approach to treat a wide range of conditions and areas of pain, including:
- Joint arthritis
- Hip, knee and shoulder pain
- Chronic tendonitis/tendinosis in the elbow, hip, or knee, foot and ankle
- Acute ligament and muscle injuries in athletes
- Common sports injuries
- Muscle tears
- Neck and back pain
In addition, PRP therapy is commonly used as a complement to orthopedic surgery, as a potential method for enhancing the healing process. Some patients receive PRP injections after surgery while undergoing rehabilitation or while in the operating room to try and accelerate recovery and regulate inflammation naturally. With all this in mind, the Orthohealing center is dedicated assisting with your recovery in any way possible; one way is offering some of the best PRP therapy Los Angeles has to offer.
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 world, having performed thousands of injections for nearly 10 years. Our team has published peer reviewed clinical trials sharing our data, many textbook chapters and regularly lecture around the globe on PRP and regenerative medicine.
To begin, we will draw your blood and spin it in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets 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. To maximize your pain relief and healing benefits, 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 two to eight weeks. Ordinarily, the symptom relief and healing process continues to improve for up to six 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. If it’s very severe or advanced, you may require a stronger and more comprehensive treatment approach incorporating bone marrow stem cell therapy.