The high concentration of growth factors in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) supports the body’s healing process. At Orthopaedic Specialists of Dallas in Rockwall, Wylie, Forney, and Terrell, Texas, the experienced team offers PRP therapy to support the healing of injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system. Call Orthopaedic Specialists of Dallas today or book an appointment online to learn more about PRP and how it may help you.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative therapy that uses your natural healing cells to enhance your body’s repair process. Your blood is made up of plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
PRP is a blood product with a higher concentration of platelets than what normally travels in your blood. Platelets are tiny cells that play an essential role in the formation of blood clots. Platelets also contain growth factors that help the body’s healing process.
Typically, your blood contains about 6% platelets; PRP has 5 to 10 times that amount. The team at Orthopaedic Specialists of Dallas injects the high concentration of platelets into damaged areas of the body to improve healing power.
Researchers are currently investigating the benefits of PRP for musculoskeletal conditions but have found that PRP may improve outcomes for tendon conditions like tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, and jumper’s knee (inflammation of the patellar tendon).
It’s theorized that the high concentration of growth factors in PRP helps by speeding up the healing process.
The team at Orthopaedic Specialists of Dallas may also suggest PRP therapy to support healing of:
PRP therapy may also support recovery following orthopaedic surgery. The team may also recommend PRP to slow the progression of osteoarthritis in the knee.
Your specialist at Orthopaedic Specialists of Dallas talks to you about your PRP therapy before your session so you know what to expect. Your provider draws a sample of blood from your arm to create the PRP.
They inject the healing properties directly into the area of the body that needs healing support. They monitor you at the office following your injection and send you home. They may recommend avoiding any strenuous activity immediately following your PRP therapy.
Results from PRP therapy vary. You may experience an increase in pain and swelling at the injection site immediately following your PRP injection. These common side effects are part of the healing process and subside over time.
You may notice improvements within several weeks. The team at Orthopaedic Specialists of Dallas schedules regular follow-up visits to monitor your progress.
Call Orthopaedic Specialists of Dallas today or book an appointment online to learn more about PRP.