Within your blood are components called platelets that are responsible for clotting, scabbing, and most importantly, healing. At Ortho San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, orthopedic specialist Rudy Navarro, MD, delivers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections with a high concentration of platelets directly to your musculoskeletal injury. To learn more about PRP and the injuries it can treat, call Ortho San Antonio or reserve an appointment online today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance made up of several different building blocks from your own blood. While your blood seems like a uniform liquid, it’s composed of a liquid base, called plasma, with several types of cells suspended in it.
One of those cell types is called platelets. The platelets are responsible for clotting your blood to stop you from bleeding, and then forming a scab at the site of the wound. These platelets release growth factors that help your tissues regrow and heal the injury.
Dr. Navarro injects PRP back into your body near an injury to encourage faster and more effective healing. He performs the injections in the clinic at Ortho San Antonio and uses ultrasound imaging to guide them to the right place.
If Dr. Navarro finds PRP injections to be appropriate for your treatment plan, he extracts one or several vials of your blood. He puts your blood samples into a centrifuge where they spin for 10-15 minutes.
The force of the spinning causes your blood to separate into layers, one that contains a heavy concentration of platelets suspended in plasma. This is the PRP that Dr. Navarro uses for your injections.
PRP injections can aid in the treatment of numerous musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Navarro might also recommend adding them to your treatment plan as you heal from surgery. Common types of injuries that PRP may treat are:
PRP injections work best with soft tissue injuries of the ligaments, muscles, and tendons. The injections can help improve your movement and allow you to return to your active lifestyle quickly.
PRP injections are a unique form of treatment because they use components from your body instead of medications. Because of this, the chances of having an adverse reaction or an infection from the injections are slim to none.
Another benefit of PRP injections is that they can reduce your need for other stronger medications. They can help reduce inflammation and take pressure off the wound to relieve pain.
To learn more about platelet-rich plasma injections and find out if they’re available for your musculoskeletal injury treatment, call Ortho San Antonio for a consultation or reserve an appointment online today.
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