Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can provide lasting relief for certain ligament, tendon, or muscle sprain/strain conditions.These conditions, if left untreated, can lead to chronic pain and arthritis of the involved joints. At CoreSmart, double board-certified interventional pain management physician Jarrod Friedman, MD, uses PRP to treat various issues, including osteoarthritis, tendon injuries, and sports injuries. To make an appointment in Boca Raton or West Palm Beach, Florida, call our office at 561-923-9599 or visit us online today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a relatively new procedure that uses your body’s own growth factors to encourage healing.
During treatment, Dr. Friedman injects PRP –– a solution that contains a high concentration of platelets –– into a joint or area of soft tissue. When the PRP enters your body, it relieves inflammation, encourages circulation, and promotes your body’s natural healing process.
In certain cases, PRP may provide a safe and effective alternative to orthopedic surgery. A series of treatments can reduce pain and restore your mobility.
At CoreSmart, Dr. Friedman uses PRP to treat various conditions, including:
You might also benefit from PRP if you’re recovering from surgery. PRP injections can complement your body’s healing process and reduce the risk of complications.
At CoreSmart, Dr. Friedman performs PRP injections on-site.
After a review of your medical records and a physical exam, Dr. Friedman draws a sample of your blood. Then, he puts the sample into a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins around, separating the platelets from the rest of your blood.
Next, Dr. Friedman takes the separated plasma and fills a syringe. Then, he administers a series of injections into your joint, muscle, tendon, or ligament.
PRP is usually well-tolerated, but there are some risks like any injection. For example, after treatment, you might experience redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. Any discomfort should subside after 24 hours, but if your symptoms persist, contact Dr. Friedman.
There’s no downtime or recovery period required. After PRP treatment, you can return to work and other activities right away.
The number of PRP treatments you need depends on several factors, including the severity of your symptoms and the condition treated. To ensure the best possible outcome, Dr. Friedman usually recommends a series of at least two or three treatments spaced several weeks apart. If your symptoms persist or get worse, additional treatments might be necessary.
To learn more about the benefits of PRP, make an appointment at CoreSmart by calling our office at 561-923-9599 or visiting us online today.