If you experience a sports-related injury or suffer from chronic joint or muscle pain, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and promote your body’s natural healing process. At Coastal Ortho, the team of orthopedic specialists uses PRP injections to relieve pain and promote healing without surgery. To make an appointment in El Segundo or Torrance, California, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections provide a minimally invasive way to treat musculoskeletal injuries without surgery.
Your Coastal Ortho provider injects a platelet-rich solution into damaged or diseased tissue during treatment, like an arthritic joint or a ruptured tendon. When the PRP solution enters your body, it increases circulation to the site. Over time, that triggers the production of new cells and tissue, relieving pain and improving your mobility.
The team at Coastal Ortho uses PRP injections to treat various issues, including:
You might also benefit from PRP injections if you have osteoarthritis. This degenerative condition causes your cartilage to break down and wear away.
At Coastal Ortho, the team performs PRP injections on-site in their state-of-the-art offices. Before administering the injections, your provider draws a sample of your blood and places it into a machine called a centrifuge.
The centrifuge spins around rapidly, separating the platelets and plasma from the rest of your blood. After the centrifuge finishes, your provider transfers the PRP solution into a syringe.
Then, they use ultrasound-guided imaging to pinpoint specific areas, such as a ruptured tendon, for injection. Your provider injects the PRP solution into several areas and moves you to a recovery room for observation.
After PRP injections, it’s normal to experience mild swelling, increased sensitivity, and bruising at the injection site. If you underwent treatment for a sports injury or post-surgical pain, your Coastal Ortho provider might also recommend resting for a few days.
PRP injections affect everyone differently. Some people experience an improvement in their symptoms right away, but it can take days or even weeks for others. Be patient, follow your provider’s recovery instructions, and make sure to attend each of your follow-up visits.
PRP injections are safe and usually well-tolerated. Because the PRP solution comes from your own body, there’s minimal risk of infection or other complications. What’s more, your provider numbs the treatment site with a local anesthetic before administering the injections, reducing the risk of sensitivity and discomfort.
To explore the benefits of PRP injections, request a consultation at Coastal Ortho by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking feature today.