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PRP

Coastal Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Port St. Lucie, FL & Stuart, FL

When you want a natural solution to your joint or muscle pain, consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center. Located in Port St. Lucie and Stuart, Florida, the orthopaedic team has been serving the community for more than 35 years using the best available treatments and technologies. Reliable and effective PRP injections can help you feel better without surgery. Find out more by calling the office nearest you today.

PRP

What is platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a solution your doctor at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center obtains from your blood and then injects into an injured area to begin the natural healing process. 

PRP is effective for many types of soft tissue and joint injuries, including those brought on by arthritis. You may benefit from PRP if you have any of the following:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Back pain
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Ligament sprain
  • Muscle strain

 

You can use PRP alongside other therapies like oral medications, cortisone injections, and physical therapy. The team also uses it to speed up healing after minimally invasive and traditional open surgeries.

How does PRP work?

PRP increases the amount of blood platelets in the tissues surrounding an injury. When you sustain an injury, your body naturally increases blood flow to the area, which sends nutrients and healing properties to the injured tissues to initiate tissue repair.

If your injury is severe or you’re experiencing chronic pain, your body may also be producing large amounts of inflammatory chemicals, which can slow the healing process. 

Introducing PRP into the area increases the beneficial healing elements in the area, which reduces inflammation and pain and speeds up healing so you can recover and get back to normal more quickly.

What’s the PRP injection process?

The PRP process can occur in a single visit for your convenience. To begin PRP therapy, your doctor first collects a sample of your blood using a syringe. This is the same process as a regular blood sample.

They process your blood sample in a centrifuge, which separates the platelets from your other blood cells. Your doctor extracts the platelets and adds them into a vial with a thickening agent. Once you’re ready, they inject the platelet solution into the treatment area with a sterile syringe.

The injection takes less than five minutes to perform, and you can get multiple injections during one visit, as needed.

Do PRP injections hurt?

PRP injections are comparable to getting a vaccine or having blood drawn. Most people report a small pinching or pricking sensation as the needle is inserted and a mild stinging when the area is cleaned with alcohol after the injection. Mild soreness at the treatment site is normal for a couple of hours after the procedure.

To learn more about PRP for your condition by phone now at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center.