Many elite athletes, including Tiger Woods, have used platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to help them recover from injuries and return to their sports more quickly. At Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California, Victor Rafa, DC, Rona Palompo, DPT, and their multidisciplinary team offer PRP therapy for a variety of injuries and conditions. To find out if PRP is right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a type of regenerative medicine, a treatment approach that promotes natural healing by rebuilding and repairing healthy tissues. PRP comes from your blood, which means there are few to no adverse side effects.
Though your blood mostly consists of a liquid called plasma, it also contains solid components, including red and white blood cells and platelets. PRP is a blood solution that contains about 5-10 times more platelets than normal blood.
You may be familiar with platelets due to their role in clotting blood. Platelets also contain specialized proteins called growth factors. These growth factors are an important part of your body’s healing process.
First, your provider at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. draws a small amount of blood, usually from your arm. They process the blood to make PRP.
Then, they carefully inject the PRP into an injured or diseased area, such as an arthritic knee or chronically inflamed tendon. They may mix the PRP with a local anesthetic to provide immediate pain relief.
The PRP injection floods the injured area with growth factors that speed up the healing process. Because inflammation is a normal part of healing, you may experience more pain and swelling for the first week or two. This subsides over the following several weeks.
Depending on your needs, you may get PRP on its own or with another regenerative medicine treatment, such as stem cells. PRP may complement other conservative treatments, such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, or physical therapy.
PRP is a relatively new treatment, so research on its effectiveness for different conditions is ongoing. The team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. uses PRP to treat various injuries and conditions, including:
In some cases, PRP may help you prolong or avoid the need for surgery. If you have any type of sports injury or musculoskeletal pain, the team helps you determine whether PRP may be an option.
To learn more about PRP, call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. or book an appointment online today.