Your body is filled with specialized cells that help heal and regenerate injured or diseased tissues. Unfortunately, these healing properties may not always get to the areas of your body that need them the most. Dedicated to providing the simplest and most natural treatment, regenerative orthopedist Austin Yeargan III MD, at The Regenerative Medicine Clinic in Wilmington, North Carolina, uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to provide your diseased or damaged tissue with the cells needed for healing. To learn more about PRP and how it may benefit your health, call the office or click the online booking button to schedule an in-office or telemedicine consultation.
PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that contains a high concentration of platelets, which contain growth factors and specialized proteins, and it’s made from a sample of your own blood. Your blood is filled with many essential elements your body needs to maintain good health, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
You may know that the platelets in your blood are needed to form blood clots to stop cuts from bleeding. But your platelets are also a source of growth factors and specialized proteins that help repair damaged tissues.
By concentrating your body’s own healing properties and injecting them directly into the tissues that need them, PRP therapy supports and accelerates the healing process.
Many famous athletes credit PRP therapy for helping heal their injuries and allowing them to get back to their sport a lot faster.
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is an anabolic treatment that does not cause further harm to your joints, but can give symptomatic relief in the setting of arthritis and inflammatory joint disease. The treatments are simple and quickly performed with little patient discomfort.
Patients need to know that while there was much excitement about the growth factors that are found in platelets (which are dense-granule containing pieces of megakaryocyte cells like exosomes), PRP still struggles for any clinical indication.
PRP likely has its best role for replacing catabolic treatments that cause further joint destruction and similar periods of short-term pain relief like corticosteroids (often called cortisone). PRP costs more than corticosteroids but in terms of your joint’s health, it’s probably worth it.
Dr. Yeargan performs your PRP treatment at the office. To begin, he draws a sample of blood from your arm, which he then spins in a centrifuge to separate the healing properties from the other components in your blood.
Then he prepares your injection and administers it using ultrasound-guided imagery to ensure your PRP gets to the tissue that needs it. You may experience some redness after your injection, but this is to be expected.
Prior to your injection, Dr. Yeargan reviews how to prepare for your PRP, what to expect during your injection, and how to care for yourself following the procedure. Because PRP initiates an inflammatory response, he may suggest you refrain from using anti-inflammatory medication before and after your injection for a set period of time.
Dr. Yeargan closely monitors your progress and healing following your PRP injection as you come in to see him for regular follow-up visits. Although not always needed, additional PRP injections may be recommended to get the most benefit out of your treatment.
To learn more about PRP from one of the leading specialists in the field, call The Regenerative Medicine Clinic.