Due to poor blood flow, many joint or tendon injuries can take a long time to heal. At Re3 Healing Aesthetics and Wellness in Sarasota, Florida, Dr. Bonnie Wang uses advanced platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to trigger the body’s natural healing processes and speed injury healing. Call the practice today or book an appointment online to learn more about this therapy.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use platelets collected from your own blood to treat pain and injury. Platelets are a part of your blood that helps initiate and sustain healing. By injecting platelet-rich plasma into areas of injury, you can help speed healing and reduce pain.
PRP injections can help injuries throughout the body. They are most often used to treat:
If you experience one of these conditions, PRP may help restore function while reducing pain. It may be the right treatment option for you if other treatments aren’t working or you want to improve healing time.
Platelets naturally trigger your body’s healing functions. In areas where you have a lot of blood flow, such as your organs, platelets do their work quickly. However, joints, ligaments, and tendons are often in areas that have poor blood flow. PRP injections help deliver more platelets to these areas than they would receive on their own to help amplify the healing process.
During your PRP injections, the staff will start by drawing a sample of your blood – a process similar to donating blood. They will place a needle into a vein in your arm to draw a few tubes of blood and then run it through a laboratory process to concentrate the platelets.
Finally, Dr. Wang will use ultrasound guidance to find the site of your injury. She will inject the PRP directly into the injured area, delivering platelets to where they are needed most. While you may experience some discomfort, this will feel no more painful than receiving a vaccination or other injection.
PRP injections can have many benefits, including:
These injections are also very safe, with few risks of side effects. The most common side effect is bruising, which goes away within days.
PRP injections are the latest treatment in relieving musculoskeletal injuries. You can receive PRP injections in addition to other treatments or on their own.
To learn more about PRP injections and if they can help you, contact Re3 Healing Aesthetics and Wellness or book an appointment online.