Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is committed to offering our patients innovative and effective treatments options, such as PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) therapy.
What Is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is a new approach to natural healing. While results will vary with every patient, PRP therapy has shown positive results in its ability to relieve pain and accelerate healing of injured tissues and joints. Some professional athletes have used this regenerative therapy to get “back in the game” sooner than with traditional methods.
Blood is composed of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. The concentration of platelets, or growth factors, can be 5 to 10 times more useful in the healing process than white blood cells. Platelets play a critical role in healing soft tissue injuries and pain, as well as helping to reduce cartilage degeneration in arthritis and labrum tears in joints. The healing factors of PRP stimulate blood flow to help restore the compromised tendons or cartilage and boost the healing process.
What to Expect From a Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Using our advanced techniques, we will work to concentrate the platelets and their growth factors and place them back into the problematic area. First, we will draw your blood and separate it into layers of PRP and red blood cells. We will then inject the PRP after using a local anesthetic on the target area. The anesthetic should wear off after a couple of hours. Because the process is not as invasive as a standard surgical or medical procedure, you can expect to be back to performing normal activities with minimal downtime. The entire PRP therapy session should take no more than an hour. Learn more about our PRP process.
If you live in the Sarasota area and are suffering from joint or tendon pain, we may be able to help you with Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy. Call Sarasota Orthopedic Associates today at (941) 951-2663 to learn more about this unique procedure and to schedule your appointment. Feel free to visit our education center to get more guidance on your condition.