Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an effective way to naturally stimulate healing for old and new injuries. The holistic medical team at Health Atlast offers PRP injections at five locations in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Long Beach, and Fountain Valley, California. To discover the benefits of PRP therapy, call or book an appointment online today.
Your body is designed to heal itself naturally using substances found in your blood. Platelets are solid components in your blood that help form clots. Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that play an important role in healing injuries.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) comes from your own blood. Your provider at Health Atlast processes it to separate the platelets and plasma from the red blood cells. After processing, PRP contains 5-10 times more growth factors than normal blood.
After they obtain PRP from vials of your blood, your provider at Health Atlast injects it into your area of injury or tissue damage. The PRP stimulates your body to generate healthy new cells to replace the damaged ones. This accelerates the rate of healing and tissue repair.
You may be a good candidate for PRP therapy if you have musculoskeletal pain that doesn’t improve with conservative treatments like physical therapy. The caring providers at Health Atlast use PRP to treat many conditions, including:
PRP can also help you recover faster after surgical treatment of an injury, such as Achilles tendon repair or rotator cuff repair surgery.
First, your provider at Health Atlast carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure PRP is right for you. Then, they work with you to create an individualized PRP treatment plan. Every patient is unique, but most people achieve the best results with a series of three PRP injections.
Before treatment, your Health Atlast provider draws a few vials of blood from your arm. Then, they process the blood in a centrifuge to isolate the PRP. They inject the PRP into the treatment area. They may mix the PRP with a local anesthetic or inject the anesthetic first to reduce discomfort.
It’s normal for the treated area to be more painful and swollen for a week or two after PRP therapy. Improvement may take up to several weeks because it takes time for the platelets to release the growth factors necessary to speed healing.
To find out if PRP therapy is right for you, call Health Atlast or book an appointment online today.