PRP Therapy

A Revolutionary Treatment

PRP or Platelet-rich plasma therapy could be your answer to damaged cartilage, muscles, tendons, bones, and ligaments.

PRP is a relatively modern treatment for the regeneration of musculoskeletal problems. Several international sports stars have used this treatment with very impressive results. Bay Area Orthopaedics & Sports Specialists provide PRP treatment for a wide variety of sports-related injuries. It is also used effectively as part of the treatment of both surgical and non-surgical procedures.

PRP treatment at Bay Area Orthopaedics & Sports Specialists

PRP is an innovative new technology that is performed when patients suffer from chronic/acute pain in a muscle, tendon, or ligament. Once your injury has been evaluated, we will create a personalized PRP treatment plan for you.

Our PRP therapy is quick and safe and produces very minimal discomfort.

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance that is known to promote healing when injected. Platelets are blood cells that cause blood clots and other necessary growth healing functions.
PRP, when injected into damaged tissue can stimulate your body to grow healthy new cells – thus promoting fast and effective healing. Since all the growth factors are concentrated in these injections, the body’s tissue heals faster.

What is PRP used for?

PRP treatment is used to treat:

▸ Tendon injuries
▸ Acute sports injuries like pulled hamstrings and knee sprains
▸ Postsurgical repair to help torn tendons heal better and faster
▸ Osteoarthritis
▸ Fractures
▸ Shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff tears
▸ Achilles tendon ruptures
▸ Bursitis

What are the
advantages of PRP?

PRP therapy is known to speed up the healing process and also minimize the risk of infection.

The therapy is also known to reduce pain in conditions such as chronic tendonitis (for example, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow), muscle injuries, arthritic pains, and joint injuries.
PRP can reduce the need for strong medications such as anti-inflammatories and opioids.

Since PRP is made from your own blood, your body will not reject it or react negatively to it.

What can you expect
from the PRP process?

Here at Bay Area Orthopaedic & Sports Specialists, the PRP process is simple and straightforward. A complete PRP therapy – from start to finish takes less than 30 minutes.

  1. Our technician will draw a sample of your blood.
  2. The blood is placed in a centrifuge that spins extremely fast and separates the various blood components. This process takes around 15 minutes.
  3. The separated plasma and other beneficial components are prepared and filled into a sterilized syringe so it can be injected at the affected area.
  4. With the use of ultrasound, the doctor will isolate the specific area where the plasma will be injected to.
  5. The doctor will inject the PRP in the affected area at a precise location.

What are the potential
side effects of PRP?

Like every other procedure available today, there are side effects that might be associated with PRP. When you visit the Bay Area Orthopaedics & Sports Specialists, your doctor will explain these side effects to you in detail.

However, because PRP is taken from your own body, the chance of a side effect is rare. In fact, the risk of an allergic reaction from PRP is far less than from other medications.

Some side effects include:
▸ Infection
▸ Pain at the injection site
▸ Nerve injury
▸ Tissue damage

For all these reasons, the entire procedure is conducted only by our specialists.

Can PRP injections be used as the first line of treatment for bone healing and regeneration?

Successful healing of bone defects is compromised by the body’s natural ability to repair the bone defect. Platelets are a natural source of growth factors and micro/macromolecules that can be used to improve bone healing. However, the efficacy of PRP depends on various factors and the outcome is quite unpredictable in orthopaedic patients. To ensure the efficacy of PRP, it is not used as the first line of treatment, instead, it is used along with other types of therapies and treatments to enhance the process of healing.

What is the recovery
time for PRP injections?

Remember that you would already have some amount of pain or discomfort due to your injury. When PRP is injected into the area of the injury, you might find the area a bit more painful. However, most of our patients simply continue on with their daily activities following a PRP injection.

It might take you several weeks or months before you notice any difference, but since PRP injections promote healing/growth, you might notice that the affected area heals faster after the PRP injection.

When you undergo PRP therapy with us at Bay Area Orthopaedics & Sports Specialists, our orthopaedic physicians will continuously monitor your progress. We will also determine if you will require additional PRP therapy.

To schedule an appointment with us at Bay Area Orthopaedics & Sports Specialists, please call 510-922-1614 or email us at boss@sportsdrs.com.

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