There are a limited number of treatments and therapies available for tendon injuries and joint pain. While each treatment works differently on each person, a new and advanced therapy has begun to gain popularity in its field. The PRP therapy we offer at our Source Healthcare clinic in Santa Monica, California, has been thoroughly researched and tested out by our experts. The majority of people who have received this treatment have been able to see significant improvement in their pain.
Treat Joint Pain with the PRP Therapy
What Does PRP Help to Treat?
PRP therapy is mainly recommended for different types of musculoskeletal injuries. So far, we have been able to effectively treat and improve the condition of injuries like tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), gluteal tendinosis, plantar fasciitis, knee osteoarthritis, and any injuries or damage caused to cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones.
We also recommend PRP therapy to patients who have recently undergone orthopedic surgery. As PRP contains many growth factors, its use during rehabilitative efforts can speed up recovery and further aid the healing process.
What Exactly is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy, or platelet-rich plasma therapy, is a new, advanced, all-natural treatment that helps alleviate joint pain. As a non-surgical treatment option, it has gained immense popularity for offering benefits unparalleled to other forms of treatment.
PRP therapy works innovatively. It utilizes the blood in our body to segregate certain proteins and growth factors that can aid the healing process. Our blood consists of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Plasma is the component of blood that contains anti-inflammatory proteins, which help in recovery. Similarly, platelets are essentially a group of cells that are present in our blood to help with clotting.
You may have noticed that when you fall or injure yourself, you bleed for a while, but after some time passes, your blood clots, and you are no longer bleeding continuously. Your body has sent a signal to your platelets to rush to the site of injury, group together, and prevent further blood loss. This clotting mechanism is very essential for our body. Besides this, platelets also have several other growth factors and proteins that facilitate wound healing and tissue repair.
When platelet-rich plasma is segregated from the blood and injected into a site of chronic pain, it speeds up the healing process and reduces pain and discomfort.
The studies surrounding PRP therapy are still gaining new, ground-breaking information every single day. Our experts are incredibly committed to learning more about the different ways this treatment can be used to heal pain, and how well it works with each type of injury. We are up-to-date with the innovations we give to our treatments, so patients can expect only the very best from our qualified professionals.
What Can You Expect During the Treatment?
When you book an appointment for a consultation with one of our specialists, your medical history will be studied and the exact cause of your injury will be determined. Next, we will identify if you are an ideal candidate for PRP therapy and if the treatment will be helpful for your condition.
On the day of the treatment, we will first draw blood from your arm. A centrifuge machine will then spin this blood and isolate the platelets and plasma proteins. In the meantime, a local anesthetic will be applied to the site of the injection to minimize your discomfort. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, we begin the procedure. We make use of several imaging tests like ultrasounds to identify the exact area where the PRP has to be injected. Doing so targets the exact area that needs to be remedied, without causing any damage to the surrounding bones, tissues, and muscles. Lastly, the PRP is injected into the correct area.
Recovery & Results
Immediately after your session is completed, our specialists will thoroughly explain all the aftercare you need to undertake. For the first day or two, you will experience slight bruising and swelling in the area. This is completely normal and subsides on its own.
You will begin to see the results of the treatment within eight weeks of injecting the PRP into the injury site. It is also possible for the results to appear sooner, although this depends on the extent of your injury and the treatment area.
The healing process is continual with PRP therapy, and our experts will recommend the total number of sessions you may need to heal the injury effectively. We also offer physical therapy to facilitate the healing process so that you are up and active as soon as possible.
Book an Appointment Today
Joint pain is extremely uncomfortable, and with the hopeful advantages of PRP therapy coming to light, it is recommended that you give this treatment a fair chance. If you are suffering from tendon or joint pain, book an appointment with us at Source Healthcare in Santa Monica, California, and our expert doctors will help you get on the road to recovery very soon.