James M. Lee, Jr., MD, of Brick City Orthopaedics in West Orange, New Jersey, is an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Lee is an expert at innovative, healing procedures like platelet-rich plasma therapy. Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses concentrated plasma from your own blood to treat painful joint conditions like arthritis and tendinitis. Many women and men get relief from platelet-rich plasma injections so they can continue their active lifestyle. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about this state-of-the-art procedure.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is the liquid part of your blood (plasma) that contains a high concentration of platelets. Platelets help your blood clot and they also contain hundreds of proteins, or growth factors, which are important to the healing processes in your body. In addition to healing, these growth factors also promote new cell development.
First, Dr. Lee, or a member of his medical team, draws a small amount of blood from your arm. Next, a centrifuge processes your blood by separating the plasma from the other components. Dr. Lee injects your own platelet-rich plasma into your affected joint or tendon so you can experience the healing properties of the plasma proteins as they generate new cells.
The body’s natural healing properties can use the platelet-rich protein to repair damaged soft tissues including muscles, ligaments, and tendons. PRP therapy can also potentially heal cartilage and bones.
Although this procedure is not typically covered under insurance plans, a growing number of men and women, including athletes, are choosing platelet-rich plasma therapy as a way to treat a variety of orthopaedic conditions like osteoarthritis of the knee, hip arthritis, and tendinitis.
Potentially, this nonsurgical procedure can help relieve joint and tendon pain and improve their function as well. Over time, PRP may even repair damaged cartilage. Platelet-rich plasma therapy can also function to:
Since platelet-rich plasma comes directly from your own body, health risks are minimal. Typically, you won’t have an allergic reaction because the injections are originally from your own blood. The only side effects that may occur are at the point of injection, but that is usually temporary and minimal, if at all.
You don’t have to suffer from joint pain, arthritis, or tendinitis. Dr. Lee answers all your questions and discusses any concerns before you decide if platelet-rich plasma therapy is right for you.
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