Are you looking for a natural treatment to alleviate the pain caused by your arthritis, or does it feel as though it’s taking a long time for your injury to heal? The experts at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center in San Diego specialize in primary care and sports medicine and offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy that stimulates your body’s natural healing powers to reduce pain and help you recover faster. To learn more about PRP and how it can help with a number of musculoskeletal problems, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Platelet-rich plasma is a blood product that contains a high concentration of platelets, growth factors, and specialized proteins that promote healing. Your specialist creates your PRP from a sample of your own blood by processing it through a centrifuge, which separates the liquid plasma from the beneficial platelets and proteins.
PRP works by speeding up the healing process. When injected into your injured or diseased tissue, the platelets, growth factors, and specialized proteins help heal the tissue by stimulating your body to grow new, healthier cells and tissue.
Your specialist at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center may use PRP therapy to treat a number of conditions or diseases that affect your musculoskeletal system, which includes your muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and joints. Conditions most commonly treated with PRP include:
While the specialists at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center aren’t surgeons, they may talk to you about using PRP during a surgical procedure to help your healing process. There’s also new evidence that PRP therapy may help speed up the healing of a broken bone.
Your specialist injects PRP into the diseased or damaged tissue. After the injection, your specialist may recommend you refrain from intense physical activity for a set period of time.
The PRP injection actually stimulates an inflammatory response to the injected site, and the team at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center may recommend that you stop taking your anti-inflammatories before your injection to ensure you get the best results without interference from medication.
PRP is considered an autologous treatment, which means it contains substances from your own body and is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Your specialist at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center reviews all potential risks and side effects before treatment so you know what to expect.
To learn more about PRP and how it can help reduce your pain and heal your body, call Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center or schedule a consultation online today.