Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a minimally invasive procedure that promotes healing. At Southwest Orthopedic Associates in Fort Worth, Texas, general orthopedic surgeon Joseph Daniels, DO, uses PRP injections to treat various musculoskeletal problems, including osteoarthritis, ruptured tendons, and sports injuries. Call Southwest Orthopedic Associates today to schedule a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) consultation, or book your appointment online.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a healing solution made from your own blood.
Your blood is a liquid, but it has microscopic solids, including red blood cells and platelets. Platelets help your blood clot if you get injured, but they also have proteins that support cell growth.
If you suffer a sports or work-related injury, PRP treatment can relieve the pain, reduce inflammation, and speed up your recovery. Furthermore, because the PRP uses your own blood, there’s no risk of infection.
Southwest Orthopedic Associates uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, including:
You might benefit from platelet-rich plasma if you recently underwent surgery. A series of PRP injections can speed up your body’s natural healing process and help you return to activities sooner.
Platelet-rich plasma is an outpatient procedure that takes 30-60 minutes.
Your Southwest Orthopedic Associates provider draws a sample of your blood and places it inside a centrifuge –– a machine that separates the PRP from the rest of your blood. The separation process takes about 15 minutes.
When the PRP is ready, your provider transfers it to a syringe. Then, they use ultrasound-guided imaging to precisely administer a series of injections. For example, if you have a sprained ankle, your Southwest Orthopedic Associates provider injects the PRP into the ligaments surrounding your ankle joint.
Once the PRP solution enters your bloodstream, it promotes healing at the cellular level. Specifically, PRP increases circulation to the treatment site, encouraging the growth of new and healthy tissue.
Platelet-rich plasma is safe and usually well-tolerated, but like other injections, there are certain risks, including:
Southwest Orthopedic Associates has extensive training in administering platelet-rich plasma. Before treatment, your provider applies a topical numbing solution, like lidocaine, to your skin. They also mix a local anesthetic with the PRP solution to reduce swelling and discomfort.
Some people experience immediate relief after one PRP treatment, but for others, it takes weeks or even months.* PRP is a cumulative procedure, meaning the results add up over time.
Call Southwest Orthopedic Associates today to schedule a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) consultation, or book your appointment online.
*Individual results may vary.