Sports-related injuries take a notoriously long time to heal, keeping you out of work and play for weeks or even months. In some cases, you might be required to miss an entire season because of an early injury. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a product made from your own blood and heavily concentrated with healing platelets, may expedite the healing process after an injury or surgery. To learn more about PRP and how it may help you get back to doing what you love sooner, contact Dr. Kristofer J. Jones in Los Angeles or book an appointment online today. While located in Westwood, we are proud to serve surrounding areas such as Santa Monica, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Downtown, and Sherman Oaks.
Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood. Platelet-rich plasma is plasma that’s been highly concentrated with white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets, which promote rapid healing in the right circumstances. Platelet-rich plasma is made from your own plasma and your own platelets, making it safe and natural.
Activated platelets release growth factors that promote the growth of cells responsible for tissue repair. An increased number of reparative cells in the area can lead to improved and expedited healing.
Platelet-rich plasma is still being studied for a number of orthopedic uses, but so far studies have shown PRP to be most effective in healing tendonitis nearly everywhere, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, ankle, and knee, as well as chronic ligament problems.
Because PRP is made from your own blood, which is drawn prior to injection, it’s considered a safe, natural treatment without risk of allergic reaction.
However, as in all medical treatments, some inherent risk exists. Procedures involving the injection of a needle, like PRP, come with a small risk of bleeding, infection, or nerve damage.
After checking in with reception and being led to an exam room, your blood will be drawn by one of the qualified staff at Kristofer J. Jones, MD, using strict, sterile techniques to prevent infection.
Next, you’ll wait while your blood is processed. That is, the liquid (called plasma) is separated from the solid components (platelets and red and white blood cells). These are activated and then highly concentrated into the volume of plasma your doctor will inject into the treatment area.
Finally, you’ll receive an injection of platelet-rich plasma, made from the components of your own blood, directly into the treatment area.
Dr. Jones will provide you with clear instructions after recovery, which generally involve a period of rest followed by a progressive exercise program designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles supporting the affected joint.