Is PRP Right for Me?

Is PRP Right for Me?

Do you want to feel better fast without surgery or pharmaceutical solutions? Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) might just be an option. 

PRP uses a treated sample of your own blood to stimulate healing from physical trauma or chronic pain. This innovative treatment helps inflamed tissue and painful joints feel better. 

Our orthopedic team at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists provides innovative PRP therapy to our patients at locations in Bethesda and Germantown, Maryland. Read on to learn more about PRP and determine if it’s a therapy that just might help reduce your orthopedic pain and improve function.

All about PRP

Your blood has three major components: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets are responsible for blood clotting and wound healing. They contain numerous healing cytokines and growth compounds that accelerate new tissue development. 

PRP contains a high concentration of platelets. To create the compound, we take a sample of blood from your arm in a conventional blood draw. This sample is then spun in a high-speed centrifuge to concentrate the platelet levels. 

We then inject the resulting PRP into areas of pain or injury to prompt accelerated healing. Your body naturally sends platelets to sites of injuries. PRP boosts the numbers of platelets in the area so healing can happen faster and more effectively.

Types of injuries that respond well to PRP

PRP can reduce pain and even heal many orthopedic injuries, including chronic tendinitis in the elbow, hip, foot, knee, and ankle. Sports injuries, like ankle sprains and muscle strains, may heal faster with PRP treatment. 

We can also treat osteoarthritis with PRP to improve range of motion and reduce stiffness and joint inflammation. 

If you have chronic neck or back pain, fractures, or sciatica pain, we may recommend PRP as part of your treatment plan. PRP may provide enough pain relief to eliminate or reduce your need for over-the-counter or prescription pain medications. 

PRP can also reduce pain enough to delay the need for orthopedic surgery and, in some cases, provide enough relief that surgery is no longer necessary. 

PRP may also be used as part of a post-surgery treatment plan because the injections can speed up healing in muscles, tendons, and ligaments so you get back to normal activity sooner. 

How to decide whether to undergo PRP therapy

We here at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists evaluate your case to determine if PRP is a recommended treatment. The good news is that the procedure is extremely safe. There’s almost no risk of an allergic reaction or complications because PRP consists of your own cells and plasma. 

But PRP therapy doesn’t provide immediate pain relief and restoration of function. It takes time for your body to respond and initiate healing. You’ll notice a gradual reduction in pain and increase in range of motion over the course of several weeks. 

Contact us at Maryland Orthopedic Specialists to learn more about your PRP treatment options. Call our Bethesda or Germantown, Maryland, office or set up an appointment here.

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