How PRP Treatment Can Help You Overcome an Injury

Platelet-rich plasma treatments offer a revolutionary, minimally invasive way to heal injuries without surgery or prescription drugs. The therapy uses your own blood to heal joint injuries, such as osteoarthritis of the knee or Achilles tendinitis.

At Maryland Orthopedic Specialists, we want to help you get back to all the activities you love as fast as possible. PRP treatments might be the right way for you to do so.

What’s involved in PRP treatments?

Platelets are a component of your blood. To create the PRP, we spin down —  in a special centrifuge — a small sample of your blood obtained through a conventional blood draw. This process separates the platelets and the plasma from the white and red blood cells.

We then inject the concentrated platelets and plasma into the areas that need treatment, such as your knee, back, or heel. For the first week or so following treatment, you may actually experience increased inflammation and discomfort. In the following weeks, though, your pain lessens and your function improves.

How PRP heals

Platelets are known for their ability to clot wounds and cuts. In addition to this quality, they have great healing powers. Platelets help the release of special growth factors and cytokines that heal wounds. Plus, platelets have the power to encourage healthy cells to migrate to an injury and spur the regrowth of healthy cells.

When injected in a concentrated form, these healing powers are accelerated to heal injuries with which the body struggles. The injections also encourage greater blood circulation at the affected areas. This floods your injured tissue with nutrients and oxygen to further the healing process.

What injuries can PRP help heal?

Soft-tissue injuries respond the best to PRP. These include osteoarthritis of the knee, tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, and patellar tendinitis. At Maryland Orthopedic Specialists, we evaluate your injury and offer a comprehensive treatment plan.

We may combine PRP with other interventions, including anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and hot/cold treatments. But we may also offer PRP as a sole solution for specific joint pain.

Should I try PRP?

PRP is not covered under insurance because it’s still in its infancy. So you may opt to try more conventional injury treatments such as steroid injections and painkillers first. If these aren’t successful in helping your pain and dysfunction, PRP may be your next step. PRP can be effective enough, though, to delay surgery — or eliminate the need for it altogether.

The exact number of PRP treatments you need depends on the area treated and the extent of your injury. Our team at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists can help you understand what to expect with treatment and adjust as your body heals. PRP treatments are appropriate if you just want to restore everyday function and also if you’re an active person looking to get back to your favorite sport.

At Maryland Orthopedic Specialists, we help people in the Bethesda and Germantown areas overcome joint issues. PRP therapy is just one of the numerous treatments available. Call our office or schedule a consultation online to learn more.

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