Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a type of regenerative medicine that can help your body accelerate its healing process. Franz Jones, DO, offers PRP treatments at his three practices in Weston, Plantation, and Pembroke Pines, Florida. Whether you have arthritis or are recovering from a sports injury, PRP may be an effective addition to your treatment plan. Call Dr. Jones or schedule an appointment online today.
PRP is a regenerative medicine therapy that floods injured or damaged tissue with a serum made from your body’s own blood, which contains platelets and plasma.
You may know that your platelets play a crucial role in clotting blood. However, they’re also rich in the proteins and growth factors your body needs for tissue repair.
Dr. Jones makes PRP serum from a sample of your blood and injects it into your damaged tissue. In addition to providing the growth factors needed for repair, the injection itself stimulates your body’s natural healing response.
Dr. Jones uses PRP to treat a variety of injuries and degenerative conditions, including:
Dr. Jones usually combines PRP with other treatments to create a customized, multidisciplinary approach to healing your body and relieving pain.
Dr. Jones begins your PRP treatment by drawing your blood. He separates the liquid and solid components in a centrifuge and then combines the platelets with your plasma to create a serum that has 7-10 times more platelets than a regular blood sample.
When your serum is ready, Dr. Jones provides a local anesthetic and then injects the PRP serum into your injured tissue. If he’s treating one of your joints or your back, he may use an X-ray or ultrasound to guide his needle to the correct place before releasing the serum.
You may need a series of injections to achieve optimal results. Additionally, your body needs time to repair itself, so your results may take several weeks to become noticeable.
Dr. Jones gives you customized instructions for aftercare. You should be able to get back to your regular activities immediately following your appointment.
However, avoid strenuous physical activities for at least the first 24 hours after your injections. You may find that your injection site feels sore or inflamed — this is an ordinary sign of your body’s natural healing process.
If you’re interested in PRP and regenerative medicine, call Dr. Jones or schedule a consultation online today to find out if PRP is right for you.