How PRP Speeds Up Your Healing

How PRP Speeds Up Your Healing

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is widely used in orthopedics to help patients heal after injuries or even following surgery. One reason it’s so popular: PRP works with your body’s natural healing processes to speed up tissue recovery, so you feel better faster.

In fact, PRP is so helpful in supporting rapid and natural recovery that James M. Lee Jr., MD, routinely offers PRP therapy to our patients at Orange Orthopaedic Associates who suffer from arthritis, tendon injuries, and other painful conditions that interfere with their regular activities. 

If you’ve been wondering whether PRP might be a good choice for you, here’s what you should know about this innovative therapy.

The healing science of PRP

PRP is composed of plasma (the liquid part of your blood) and platelets, blood components that play a key role in healing. Platelets contain tiny proteins called growth factors. It's these growth factors that are especially important for promoting tissue healing after an injury.

PRP growth factors work in several ways to support healing. First, they help by promoting revascularization — the formation of new, tiny blood vessels to supply nutrients necessary for injury healing. 

Second, PRP helps transport special cells called fibroblasts, which help rebuild connective tissue. And finally, PRP helps localized stem cells differentiate into new cells that can replace cells damaged by the initial injury

One therapy, lots of uses

PRP has a lot of applications in orthopedics, making it a good choice for patients with:

PRP doesn’t use any drugs, so there’s no risk of allergic reaction, and because it’s injected, there’s no worry about potential complications from more invasive options.

For patients who do require surgery for more complex or extensive injuries, PRP can help there, too. Administering PRP at the end of a surgical procedure can jump-start your post-op healing and recovery, so your surgical site has the extra support it needs for fast repair.

PRP therapy: What to expect

PRP therapy is very straightforward. The process begins when we draw a small sample of your blood. We process the blood in a device called a centrifuge, which separates the platelets and plasma from the rest of your blood. Then we inject the platelets and plasma (or PRP) into the site of your injury.

You may have some soreness and even a little mild swelling at the injection site, just as you might have with any injection. 

But right after your PRP injection, something else happens: PRP growth factors go to work initiating a cascade of healing responses that support rapid tissue recovery. Most people experience those benefits within a few weeks of their injection.

There’s another benefit of PRP therapy: You can have repeat treatments for more significant injuries or for enhanced and extended healing. Dr. Lee suggests a therapy plan based on your needs, your healing responses, and other factors, so you can enjoy optimal benefits of your treatment.

Learn more about PRP

One of the biggest advantages of PRP is that because it’s derived from your own blood and doesn’t involve surgery or drugs, it can be an appropriate choice for just about anyone. But PRP might not be a good choice if you have a bleeding disorder or an active infection. 

Are you ready to learn if PRP therapy can help you heal faster? Book an appointment online or over the phone with our office in Bayonne or West Orange, New Jersey, today.

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