Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections enhance your body’s natural healing ability and accelerate the repair process, making PRP a vital treatment when you have a severe or slow-healing injury. The doctors at Stem Cells Specialist NY in New York City’s Midtown East customize your PRP injection to achieve optimal results for injuries and degenerative diseases such as arthritis. To get started with holistic healing, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
What is PRP and how does it heal my body?
In addition to red blood cells and white blood cells, your blood contains platelets. Every time you’re injured, or a disease develops, platelets travel to the area and do two things: First, they make your blood clot to stop any bleeding, and then they initiate the healing process.
Platelets are rich sources of growth factors that activate healing. When growth factors are released, they recruit stem cells to the area, trigger the production of new tissues, and protect healthy tissues.
PRP releases substances that create a matrix to support new cells as they build tissues. They also help regulate and reduce inflammation.
What health conditions are treated with PRP?
PRP is often recommended when you have a soft tissue injury or degenerative joint disease. The treatment is highly beneficial for injuries affecting tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that heal too slowly due to a poor blood supply. PRP’s ability to accelerate healing also helps if you have a severe injury or your overall healing response has slowed down due to aging.
These are only a few examples of musculoskeletal conditions effectively treated with PRP:
- Meniscus tear
- ACL injuries
- Rotator cuff damage
- Chronic back pain
- Acute ligament injuries
- Inflammatory conditions like tendinitis
The doctors at Stem Cells Specialist NY also use PRP to treat hair loss. When PRP is injected into your scalp, it triggers new hair growth, increases hair density, and improves hair thickness.
How is PRP produced?
PRP is made from your own blood by simply drawing a blood sample and processing it in a centrifuge. As the centrifuge spins, it separates platelets and plasma from the other blood components. When the process is finished, your doctor at Stem Cells Specialist NY simply pulls your PRP into a syringe.
When your PRP is ready to go, it’s immediately injected. Your doctor at Stem Cells Specialist NY applies a local anesthetic and performs an image-guided injection using ultrasound or real-time X-rays. As the targeted area and needle are visualized, your doctor can precisely inject your PRP at the damaged tissues.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for a PRP injection, call Stem Cells Specialist NY or schedule an appointment online.