PRP

Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group

Orthopaedic Surgery & Physical Therapy located in Long Beach, CA

Finding the right treatment to help you heal from an injury or get relief from your pain can take time and leave you feeling frustrated. The experienced orthopaedic team at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group in Long Beach, California, offers some of the most innovative treatments to help your body heal, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which is a treatment that accelerates your body’s natural healing powers. To learn more about PRP and how it may help you, call the office today or request an appointment online.

PRP Q & A

What is PRP?

PRP is an innovative treatment that uses components found in your own blood to accelerate your body’s natural healing process. PRP contains a concentrated amount of the platelets, growth factors, and specialized proteins found in your blood that your body uses to heal injuries. 

Your specialist at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group creates your PRP from a sample of your own blood that is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the healing properties. Your specialist then injects the PRP directly into your diseased or damaged tissue and the healing properties get to work, repairing damage and reducing inflammation and pain.

Many professional athletes have taken advantage of the powers of PRP to help heal injuries and prevent the need for more invasive procedures.

What conditions benefit from PRP?

PRP benefits many musculoskeletal treatments. Some of the most common conditions treated with PRP include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Thigh and knee sprains
  • Ligament injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures

PRP may also benefit your healing after surgery.

What can I expect during PRP treatments?

Your orthopaedic specialist at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group conducts your PRP injections at the office. Your treatment begins by first drawing a sample of blood from your arm, which is then treated and placed in the centrifuge to separate the healing properties.

Your specialist then evaluates and prepares the body part receiving the injection. Once your PRP is ready, your specialist injects it directly into the diseased tissue using guided imagery to ensure the accuracy of your injection. After your injection, you can go home. 

You may experience some swelling and redness after your injection, but this is to be expected as it indicates that the healing process has begun. You may notice an improvement in your symptoms soon after your injection, with continued improvements in the next several weeks. 

To get the best results, you may need more than one PRP injection. Your specialist at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group creates your individualized treatment plan before you get started so you know what to expect and how to prepare. 

You may also be advised to stop any anti-inflammatory medication before and after your injection to ensure you get the best results.

To learn more about the powers of PRP, call Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group today or book an appointment online.