Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal issues. One of the reasons we’re seeing PRP therapy grow in popularity is that it harnesses your body’s own natural healing powers.
During PRP therapy, we draw your blood and place it in a centrifuge, which spins at high speed to separate your blood plasma from the rest of the blood. The platelet-rich liquid plasma part of your blood contains proteins, growth factors, and clotting cells.
To help your body heal, we inject the PRP into your injured or affected area. Once inside your body, the platelets release these growth factors and proteins to help accelerate your body’s healing process.
At Orange Orthopedic Associates, our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, James M. Lee Jr., MD, is an expert in innovative therapies, including PRP. Here, he shares the many benefits of this advanced treatment.
PRP has potent anti-inflammatory properties
One of the major benefits of using PRP is its effective anti-inflammatory properties. As a result, it reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medicines that may upset your stomach or have other adverse side effects.
In addition to reducing the need for anti-inflammatory medications, PRP also reduces the need for opioids.
PRP can help treat arthritis
Many of our patients turn to PRP to help with their arthritis, most notably knee arthritis. PRP is believed to help people with arthritis in multiple ways. It helps:
- Reduce pain
- Improve joint function
- Slow down cartilage deterioration
PRP is virtually risk-free
Because PRP therapy uses your own blood plasma, there is little chance of any type of negative reaction. The only side effects you may experience are tenderness and inflammation at the injection site, and those subside within a couple of days.
PRP can reduce pain associated with tendon injuries
PRP is effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries. It can increase tendon cell proliferation and reduce inflammation.
It’s often used to treat tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) inflammation and sometimes micro-tearing of tendons around the elbow, Achilles tendinitis, and jumper’s knee (patellar tendinitis).
Are you in pain? Have conventional treatments failed to provide relief? Call us at Orange Orthopedic Associates for more information about PRP therapy to determine if it’s right for you. For your convenience, you can also schedule an appointment online through this website.
We look forward to serving you through our offices in West Orange, Tenafly, and Bayonne, New Jersey.