Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an emerging new therapy developed for the treatment of wounds and injuries to the soft tissue and joints. Administered as an injection, PRP is derived from a patient’s own blood to produce concentrated doses of platelets, which stimulate human growth factors and spur accelerated healing and regeneration in the damaged cells and tissue.
PRP Treatment in Los Angeles
PRP therapy works by taking a sample of the patient’s own blood and running it through a centrifuge to separate the blood’s components. The concentrated dose of platelets does not contain healing properties on its own; rather, it releases human growth factors where injected, which stimulate reparative cell growth and healing in the damaged tissue. Because it is derived from a patient’s own blood, the risk for infection and adverse effects is relatively small.
PRP treatment in Los Angeles offers exciting new treatment possibilities for medical experts like orthopedic surgeon and ACL tear and injury specialist Dr. Eric Millstein, who often treats patients with chronic and recurring joint problems that may not be responsive to traditional, more conservative forms of treatment or surgery.
Professional sports fans might be familiar with PRP therapy, as many professional athletes have chosen to undergo the procedure in the last few years to deal with disruptive and potentially ca-reer-ending injuries.
The most common areas of treatment for platelet-rich plasma therapy include the following:
PRP therapy is also showing promise in treating osteoarthritis, particularly in the knee. It can also be used for pain relief and cartilage repair.
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