Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) uses growth factors extracted from your blood to heal musculoskeletal damage. At offices in Boulder and Centennial, Colorado, the team of sports medicine experts at Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics specializes in using advanced techniques that harness your body’s power to repair itself. Once PRP therapy starts working, your pain and your function should decrease. Call Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics to learn how you could benefit from PRP therapy or schedule a consultation using the online booking feature.
PRP is an injectable substance that helps heal damaged tissues. It contains platelets, components of your blood best known for starting the clotting process when you cut yourself. Platelets deliver growth factors that your body needs for tissue repair when you suffer injuries.
PRP contains platelets concentrated 4-6 times above normal blood levels and plasma — the fluid part of blood. Your Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics provider harvests these substances from your blood, then injects them into damaged tissues to promote and speed up healing.
PRP therapy can form a valuable part of your treatment for numerous musculoskeletal conditions, including:
Many patients with these conditions do well with physical therapy, activity modification, and medication. However, if your symptoms don’t improve, your orthopedist might suggest PRP therapy or other tissue growth-promoting treatments Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics offers.
To administer PRP therapy, your provider must first draw a blood sample. This procedure is just like a regular blood draw, where you have a needle in an arm vein to extract some blood. Your provider places the blood in a small centrifuge machine that speeds very high.
Spinning the blood separates it into platelets, white and red blood cells, and plasma. They discard the red and white blood cells, which aren’t needed, then inject the platelet and plasma mixture into your injured tissues.
Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics uses image guidance technology to administer PRP therapy. Imaging ensures that your provider injects PRP into precisely the right area while avoiding damage to the surrounding tissues and nerves.
You’ll likely feel some soreness or tenderness where you had the injection and may find your pain flares up for a few days, but this is normal.
PRP doesn’t offer instant relief because the growth factors need time to do their work. It could take several weeks to notice a difference, with improvements increasing over the next few months.
You might require several PRP injections to optimize your outcome.
Call Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics to learn more about PRP therapy, or book an appointment online today.