Your body contains substances aimed at restoring, regenerating, and healing diseased or damaged tissue. However, sometimes your body isn’t able to get the healing cells to the tissues that need them fast enough, resulting in long-term loss of function and chronic pain. At Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group, the team offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to reduce pain and restore function. The practice has locations in Carmel, Newburgh, Mount Kisco, and Fishkill, New York, and Danbury, Connecticut. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.
A platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection is a form of regenerative medicine that supports your body’s natural healing abilities. PRP contains growth and healing factors that stimulate your body’s healing response to injury.
PRP can help with many conditions, including:
PRP can also potentially enhance and accelerate healing during surgeries, such as rotator cuff repairs, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, and Achilles tendon repairs.
PRP is a blood product that your provider creates from a sample of your blood. Your blood contains plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
You may be familiar with the blood clotting capabilities of platelets, but the platelets in your blood are also a source of growth factors and specialized proteins your body uses to heal damaged tissue.
The PRP used for your injection contains a high concentration of platelets and their specialized proteins. When injected directly into your damaged or diseased tissue, these healing cells accelerate the repair process.
The team at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group determines if you’re a good candidate for a PRP injection during the course of your treatment.
If you continue to experience pain and cortisone injections, physical therapy, rest, bracing, analgesics, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications don’t help, they may suggest a PRP injection.
The team performs your PRP injections in the office. First, your provider takes a sample of blood from your arm to create the PRP.
They place it into a centrifuge, which separates the platelets from other components in the blood. Since the process uses your own blood, there is no risk of your body rejecting the substance
Then, under guided-imagery, they inject the PRP directly into your diseased or damaged tissue. If needed, they may provide a local anesthetic prior to your PRP injection to minimize any discomfort.
Downtime isn’t usually necessary following PRP injections. However, you may experience some swelling and pain at the site of your injection. This is expected and indicates the healing process has started.
It may take a month or longer until you begin to see an improvement in pain and function. The team closely monitors your progress and may include physical therapy to help support the healing process following your PRP injection.
For innovative management of your pain conditions and injuries, contact Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group by phone or request an appointment online today to discover how a PRP injection may help you.