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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a regenerative medicine technique that promotes healing at the cellular level. The expert team at White Integrated Health Clinics PLLC in Fort Worth, Texas, offers PRP injections to treat various types of musculoskeletal pain. To learn more about the benefits of PRP, call or book an appointment online today.
Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) is a solution that contains a much higher concentration of platelets than what’s typically found in your blood. Though platelets are best known for their role in forming blood clots, they’ve gained recognition as an effective orthopedic treatment due to the growth factors they contain.
Growth factors are proteins that are critical to your body’s natural healing process. Because PRP contains more platelets, it also has 5-10 times more growth factors than normal blood.
The team at White Integrated Health Clinics obtains PRP from your blood. First, they draw a small amount of blood, usually from your arm. Then, they process the blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from your blood cells.
After they prepare the PRP, your provider carefully injects it into the site of injury or tissue damage. This stimulates your body to generate healthy, new cells to repair the damaged tissue.
Research shows that PRP is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of orthopedic conditions like arthritis of the knee. The team at White Integrated Health Clinics uses PRP to facilitate healing for numerous conditions, including:
They can also recommend PRP therapy if you’ve suffered an acute sports injury, such as a knee sprain or pulled hamstring.
First, the team at White Integrated Health Clinics performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history to make sure PRP therapy is right for you. Then they draw a small amount of your blood to prepare the PRP.
Depending on your needs, they can apply a topical numbing cream or mix the PRP with a local anesthetic to enhance your comfort.
The entire process typically takes about an hour. After your PRP injection, you can resume regular activities right away. However, your provider at White Integrated Health Clinics may recommend you rest the treatment area, especially if you receive PRP therapy after an injury.
To find out if PRP therapy can decrease your healing time, call White Integrated Health Clinics or book an appointment online today.