Blood does much more than just deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells. It also contains proteins and growth factors in the plasma that are essential in fighting inflammation and repairing damaged tissue. Although these factors are normally diluted, when concentrated, they can act as regenerative medicine for arthritic joints and other damaged tissue. Dr. Steven Struhl and our team at Regenerative Orthopaedics offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections at our clinics in White Plains and NYC.
What is PRP?
PRP is platelet-rich plasma. PRP is an innovative treatment option to tissue regeneration that uses the patient’s own blood. After obtaining blood from the patient, it is spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the myriad of growth factors and anti-inflammatory proteins in the plasma. The plasma is sterilized and can be injected into tissue that has been injured or damaged. PRP produces a powerful and permanent healing response, stimulating the body’s own repair system. The process is quick and safe. A PRP injection can be done in 30 minutes or less, and there are no adverse effects from the treatment.
What Conditions can be Treated with PRP?
PRP has been used for wound healing for decades. It has been proven to aid in healing most types of tissue, speeding up the process. In addition, PRP injections are also used as regenerative medicine treatments for degenerative disease and inflammatory conditions. Arthritis, cartilage damage, tendonitis and ligament damage can be treated with PRP, including conditions such as golfer’s or tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears and patellar tendonitis. PRP works over the following weeks to stimulate repair and reduce inflammation, resulting in less pain and improved mobility for many patients.
If you are interested in learning more about PRP injections for relieving inflammation and pain or speeding up healing after an injury, contact us at Regenerative Orthopaedics. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Struhl at our clinic in White Plains or UES New York City to discuss if PRP injections might be right for you.