Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an exciting breakthrough treatment that uses the innate healing properties of your own blood to promote the healing of injuries and relieve pain. At DTLA Med, located in downtown Los Angeles, Ali Badday, MD, and his team use PRP therapy to treat injuries to ligaments, tendons, and joints. To learn more about PRP therapy, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
One of the components of your blood is platelets, tiny cells that help your blood clot when you get a cut. Your platelets are full of “growth factors,” proteins that help in the healing of injuries and development of new tissue.
PRP is a concentrated sample of your own blood that is exceptionally high in platelets. In PRP treatments, Dr. Badday injects the concentrate into the injured area. PRP therapy has shown great promise in helping injuries heal more quickly.
PRP therapy is especially popular among athletes treating tennis elbow, pulled hamstrings, and other conditions. If you have a soft tissue injury that results in joint pain, inflammation, and swelling, you may benefit from PRP therapy.
In a PRP treatment, your health specialist will first draw a sample of blood. Then, the sample will go in a centrifuge, a machine that spins the sample rapidly to separate the components of your blood.
After the PRP is separated from your blood sample, you’ll receive an injection into the treatment area. Dr. Badday may use ultrasound imaging during the procedure to find the precise location of your injury and determine where exactly to inject the PRP.
The entire procedure, including drawing your blood and preparing the PRP concentrate, should take about 40 minutes. You’ll be able to return to your daily activities right after undergoing the procedure, and because you’re receiving an injection of a substance taken from your own body, there’s little to no risk of an allergic reaction.
You may not feel immediate pain relief following your first treatment. However, within four to six weeks, you should expect to see significant progress in the healing of your injury and be in less pain.
Depending on your condition, you may need multiple PRP injections to get the results you’re looking for. Dr. Badday will develop a personalized PRP treatment plan after examining your injury.
To find out more about how PRP therapy can help you recover from an injury and reduce your pain, book an appointment with DTLA Med online or over the phone.