Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection in Torrance, Southbay, Westside
The Pacific Pain & Wellness Group specializes in Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP), a blood therapy that uses a your own blood components to stimulate a natural healing response in damaged or injured tissues. In response to an injury or tissue damage, your body naturally recruits platelets and white blood cells from the blood to initiate a healing response. Platelets normally store numerous growth factors which are released in response to signals from the injured tissue. PRP allows a unique treatment based on each individual condition.
This non-surgical therapy is done in our PRP Torrance office under ultrasound guidance. PRP procedure takes approximately 45 minutes in total. The first step involves taking a small amount of blood and placing it in our office centrifuge. The centrifuge separates and concentrates the platelets. Your PRP specialists, Dr. Reuben Chen and Dr. Kartik Ananth, will then use the ultrasound to visualize the damaged tissue. The damaged area is injected with a numbing agent, followed by the injection of PRP all done under direct ultrasound guidance. Patients will be recommended to stop taking anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen, naprosyn, for about one week before getting the PRP therapy.
Conditions Treated by PRP
- Ligament tear
- Tendon or muscle tear
- Rotator cuff tear
- Ankle sprain
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
Some patients receiving PRP have reported improvement after just one treatment, but additional treatments may be required for optimal results. With PRP therapy, the goal is to repair and strengthen damaged areas. The procedure is aimed at long-term improvement of injury and to eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments or surgery.
PRP Therapy FAQ
PRP can be injected into the various joints of the body and treat a multitude of injuries associated with tendons, ligaments, and the joint as a whole. These injuries include:
- Shoulder, neck or back pain
- Wrist or elbow pain
- Knee, ankle or foot pain
- Osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, shoulder, etc.
- Meniscal tears of the knee (ACL or MCL)
- Labral tears of the shoulder
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tendinitis of the shoulder, ankle, foot, etc.
- Planar fasciitis
- Cartilage injuries
Additionally, PRP has been found to be effective in the healing of wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, when applied topically (Bednarska et al., 2015).
PRP is also used in aesthetic medicine. PRP can been injected into the skin to reduce wrinkling, regenerate elastin and collagen, and replace scar tissue (Bednarska et al., 2015). In patients suffering from hair loss, PRP stimulates follicular growth (Bednarska et al., 2015).
PRP is obtained intravenously. Blood is drawn from the patient and spun in a centrifuge to separate cellular and liquid components. PRP consists of the straw-colored fluid remaining at the top of the mixture and the buffy coat, composed of white blood cells and platelets, below it.
The process of obtaining PRP from a patient is a relatively quick procedure, taking approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Those who may not eligible for PRP include patients who are dependent on NSAIDs or cortisone, have an active cancer or infection, smoke, have low blood pressure, have bleeding/clotting/platelet disorders, or who suffer from illnesses such as cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s disease.
Multiple treatments to the area may be necessary, depending on your body’s response to the therapy. Patients may see improvement with as little as one injection to as many as five.
Patients typically see major improvements as early as two months following the procedure. You should not expect immediate results since PRP taps into the body’s gradual healing response.
Patients can resume their normal activity immediately following the procedure. There may be pain or soreness localized to the area of injection as well as where PRP was obtained.
Patients undergoing the procedure should stop using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) about one week prior to their office visit. This is because NSAIDs interfere with the inflammatory response, which is essential to the healing process induced by PRP. Inflammation brings blood to the area of interest, supplying it with essential nutrients and proteins. Additionally, patients should abstain from taking NSAIDs for two weeks following the procedure to allow for maximal healing of the area.
Since PRP is derived from your own body, there is no risk of an immune response at the site of injection. There is also no risk of disease transmission. Research shows that PRP is a generally safe procedure, often only resulting in soreness at the site of injection.
PRP is a procedure unrecognized by most insurances and is not covered in most cases. You will need to consult your individual insurance provider in order to determine whether or not the procedure will be covered.
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Pacific Pain & Wellness Group specializes in Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy in Torrance, Southbay, Westside and Los Angeles. Contact us today for a consultation.
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Bednarska, K., Kieszek, R., Domagala, P., Jedrzejko, K., Zieba, M., Bieniasz, M., Wszola, M., Serwanska-Swetek, M., Gozdowska, J., Chmura, A., & Kwiatkowski, A. (2015). The Use of Platelet-Rich-Plasma in Aesthetic And Regenerative Medicine. MEDtube Science, 3: 8-15.