If you seek a natural and drug-free treatment to accelerate your body’s natural healing process, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may be the answer. Sports medicine physician Behrang Dehkordi, MD, treats injuries with leading-edge techniques like PRP at HD Health and Sport in Mission Viejo, California. To learn how PRP can help you, call or book an appointment online today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is derived from your blood and processed so it contains a higher concentration of specialized proteins that facilitate healing. A liquid called plasma is the primary component of your blood. Within the plasma are solid substances, including blood cells and platelets.
Platelets play several important roles in your body, including forming blood clots and carrying proteins that help to heal wounds and injuries. PRP contains 5-10 times more platelets, and therefore 5-10 times as many healing proteins, as normal blood.
First, Dr. Dehkordi draws a small amount of blood, usually from your arm. Then, he processes the blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and obtain PRP. He injects the PRP into the area of injury or illness.
Over the next few weeks, the platelets release growth factors that promote healing.
Dr. Dehkordi uses PRP to treat a wide range of conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. You may be a candidate for PRP treatment if you have one or more of the following illnesses or injuries:
If your condition requires surgical treatment, Dr. Dehkordi may use PRP to help you heal faster after surgery.
Before PRP therapy, Dr. Dehkordi performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history to make sure this treatment is right for you.
During treatment, Dr. Dehkordi injects PRP made from your own blood into the area of tissue damage. He may use an imaging technique, such as ultrasound, to guide the needle to the precise location.
PRP stimulates healing, and inflammation is an important aspect of the healing response. Because of this, you may notice an increase in inflammation for a few days or weeks after the injection.
This is normal, and it fades as your tissues heal. PRP involves minimal risk of side effects because it contains naturally occurring substances from your own body.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for PRP, call HD Health and Sport or book an appointment online today.