If you have a severe injury, a wound that won't heal, or pain that doesn't improve with conservative medical care, it's time to learn about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Rajiv Sood, MD, and the team at Spine and Orthopedic Center offer affordable, cutting-edge biologic treatments like PRP injections that boost your body's natural healing ability and ease your pain. To learn how PRP injections can improve your health, call the office in Jonesboro, Georgia, or book an appointment online today.
PRP contains a high concentration of platelets (cells in your bloodstream) and a small amount of plasma (the liquid portion of your blood). Dr. Sood produces PRP in the office using your own blood.
After drawing a blood sample, he puts it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets and plasma from other cells. Then he concentrates the platelets and uses them in your PRP injection.
Any time you sustain an injury or develop a disease, the platelets in your blood naturally go to the damaged tissues and stimulate your body's healing process. Platelets release specialized proteins that:
When you get a PRP injection, the concentrated platelets promote and support healing, while stem cells regenerate the new tissues needed to repair your injury.
Dr. Sood may recommend a PRP injection if you have a severe injury or slow-healing wound. PRP is especially beneficial when you injure tissues that don't have a good blood supply, such as ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.
You may also benefit from PRP injections if you have a sluggish immune system, a problem that commonly occurs as you get older.
PRP supports healing in many musculoskeletal conditions, such as:
As PRP accelerates healing, you gain long-lasting relief from the pain.
Dr. Sood applies a topical anesthetic to numb the injection site. Then he uses ultrasound or real-time X-ray imaging to see the underlying structures and guide the injection. After placing the needle next to the injured tissues, he injects your PRP.
After the injection, you may have mild discomfort at the injection site, but that doesn't last long. Dr. Sood may also ask you to avoid strenuous activities for a few days, giving PRP time to work and for healing to begin before you add stress to the damaged tissues.
Most patients need more than one PRP injection. However, Dr. Sood fully explains the procedure and your recommended treatment before you decide to have the injection.
To learn if you're a good candidate for PRP injections, call Spine and Orthopedic Center, or book an appointment online today.