What is PRP? PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is a regenerative medicine procedure that uses a concentration of platelets from a patient’s own blood to promote healing. It simulates the body’s ability to generate reparative cells. For many people, it is an all-natural alternative to surgery and drugs.
Administered by our highly experienced doctors, PRP can successfully treat painful conditions in tendons, muscles, joints and ligaments. It can help you get back to doing the activities you enjoy. This healing compound is also used in the field of aesthetics. It can help rejuvenate the appearance through procedures such as so-called vampire facelifts.
Platelets are the part of blood that causes clotting and prevents infection. Plasma is the liquid that serves as a medium for platelets and red and white blood cells. A PRP injection is a concentration of platelets that jump starts the body’s self-healing ability.
Administered in an outpatient setting, it uses a small amount of blood to extract platelets. These are separated from the other blood cells in a fast-spinning machine called a centrifuge. The isolated platelets are put back into the plasma, made into injections, then returned to the damaged areas of the body. This concentrate is brimming with healing properties. Our doctors have years of experience in administering platelet-rich plasma injections and will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure.
Typically, you will typically avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen, arthritis drugs and blood thinners before the PRP injection. Why? Platelet-rich plasma creates temporary inflammation; that is the job of platelets in the normal healing process. Some swelling afterward is typical, too, for the same reason. In most cases, this subsides quickly, and many patients resume normal activities in a short time.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Because platelets are derived from your own blood, the risk of rejection after PRP is almost nonexistent. When it is used for the treatment of pain, a high concentration of platelets speeds up the healing process in joints and soft tissue. It can help you put off or avoid surgery for joint pain. It can also prevent risky dependence on anti-inflammatories and pain medicine, allowing patients to live a fuller life.
Platelet-rich plasma can also be used for facial rejuvenation, as it stimulates the growth of collagen and elastin.
Instead of masking symptoms with medication, PRP therapy treats the precise area that is causing pain. In skillful hands, it can treat discomfort in many parts of the body. We have used platelet-rich plasma to successfully treat knee pain, back pain and disc problems, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, hip pain, joint pain, damaged or degraded cartilage, torn ligaments, arthritis, neuropathy, plantar fasciitis and many bone issues.
To learn more about the healing power of platelet-rich plasma in Miami, Hollywood, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, Coral Gables, or any city in Miami-Dade County, call us at (305) 705-0777 to schedule an appointment.