Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in Montgomery, AL

What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is concentrated from your own blood which contains healing factors, such as white blood cells and bio-active proteins, called growth factors. These cells are vital for tissue regeneration and repair. Platelets, once thought of being responsible for only clotting, have been scientifically proven to be a reservoir of these vital healing components. With this advanced technique, we are able to concentrate these regenerative healing cells in a simple outpatient setting.

Little to No Risk Factors

PRP is from your own blood, autologous, so there is little to no risk when conducted by a trained professional. Since the cells are autologous, there is no risk for an allergic or immune reaction. Side effects or complications with PRP are extremely rare. Consult your physician for more info.

Procedure Time

The total process can last up to 30 minutes. However, the majority of time will be used for processing by our trained medical specialist.

Obtaining PRP

A small amount of peripheral blood is taken from the patient and placed into an FDA medically approved container. This sterile disposable container is placed in a specialized centrifuge, for spinning, to separate the whole blood sample into “layers” of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and red blood cells. The PRP layer is separated from the red blood cells and injected or applied, under sterile conditions, into the localized area of abnormality.

The Healing Process

PRP signals for plenipotentiary cells to repair and rebuild the damaged tissue. The accelerated healing process reduces pain, promotes increased strength, and improves overall function. The process, called the healing cascade, can take place over a 4-6 week period.

Long Term Outcome

Patients can expect to see significant improvement in symptoms over the course of healing time. This procedure may eliminate the need for further invasive treatments, such as surgery or prolonged use of medication. While other treatments such as corticosteroid injections may provide short-term relief and stop inflammation, PRP injections stimulate healing response over time with fewer side effects. Patients usually report a gradual improvement in symptoms and return of function. Many patients require two to three treatments to obtain optimal results and may even experience a dramatic return of function and relief within 2-3 months with effect lasting up to 2 years.

Recovery after Treatment

The anesthetic used to numb the skin generally wears off in 1-2 hours. Mild pain and swelling may occur at the injection site. However, the majority of patients are able to return to usual activities with NO down time.

Post-Treatment Care

You must be particularly careful not to traumatize the area during this post-treatment time frame. Initially the procedure may cause some localized soreness and discomfort. Patients can apply ice and elevation as needed. Use the area as tolerated since restricting movement for an extended time can cause stiffening. Movement and massages promote circulation in the area and also assist with healing. After a week the patient will likely begin a rehabilitation program with physical therapy. Pain medication will be prescribed if needed.

Schedule a PRP Consultation

If you’re struggling with constant pain and think surgery is the only option, PRP may be right for you. Contact Southern Orthopaedic Surgeons today to schedule an appointment in Montgomery, Tallassee, Wetumpka, or Prattville and get started on the road to recovery.

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