How Does PRP Therapy Help?
Your body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver and activate platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets begin the repair process and attract the critical assistance of your own stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing intensifies your body’s efforts by delivering high concentrations of platelets.
How is PRP created?
To create PRP therapy, we take a small sample of your blood (just like a regular lab test sample) and place it into our centrifuge that spins your blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the rest of your blood. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around your point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening your body’s natural healing response. Ultrasound is used to help identify the precise area that needs to be treated.
PRP therapy is a better alternative to cortisone injections because unlike cortisone it improves and accelerates healing process.
How Long Does It Take?
The procedure takes about 45 minutes including time to spin your blood in the centrifuge. Performed safely in our medical office, PRP therapy relieves pain and heals the injury without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, hospital stays, and without prolonged recovery time. In fact, most of our patients return to their jobs or usual activities right after their PRP treatment, same day!
What Can I Expect As A Result?
Some of our patients tell us that they fell much better in just a few days and continue to improve as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be highly effective at relieving pain and returning patient’s to their highest function in their every-day lives. Both MRI and ultrasound images show definite tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The technique is enticing because it helps regenerate ligament, tendon, and cartilage fibers so that in many cases surgery is no longer needed.
Because Dr. Khaimov performs PRP therapy as an in-office procedure, the therapy can be done at a fraction of the cost of the same procedure done at a surgical facility.
How Can I Read More About PRP Therapy?
If you would like to read more about PRP therapy, we recommend the following websites:
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses your own blood to speed recovery from sports injuries — New York Daily News
- A Promising Treatment for Athletes, in Blood — New York Times
- Platelet Rich Plasma Basic Science — ApexPRP
- Clinical use of platelet-rich plasma in orthopaedics — American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
- Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Speeds Healing — New York Presbyterian