If you have knee, shoulder, or back pain from arthritis, overuse, or injury, you may be a good candidate for platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Using plasma from your own body, Cedric Emery, MD, gives your body a healing boost with PRP injections at Pacific Wellness of Ventura. Book a PRP consultation at this Ventura, California practice by calling or using the online scheduling tool.
What does PRP mean?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelets are the cells in your blood that promote healing and growth. When you choose PRP therapy, the platelets you receive are natural and come from your own body.
What happens during a PRP therapy session?
Dr. Emery starts the session by drawing your blood. Next, a centrifuge separates the plasma from the red blood cells. In the meantime, he preps your treatment area for the injection.
The injection is tailored to your treatment requirements. Dr. Emery uses anesthetic if necessary, and the treatment is performed in less than 30 minutes — depending on the area.
When the treatment is over, Dr. Emery provides care instructions to help with swelling and recovery. You may experience pain and see bruising for several days after the injection.
Which conditions does PRP therapy treat?
Dr. Emery uses PRP therapy to help repair damaged tissue, especially where the damage causes pain. PRP can also strengthen supportive cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Men and women seek PRP treatments to treat:
Joint and back pain
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What are the benefits of PRP?
PRP is an effective therapy to promote healing and pain relief using your body’s healing mechanisms. The injections provide an alternative to medication or surgery for some men and women, and mitochondria are activated
The injections may also help you get back to your regular activities faster. Many athletes swear by PRP for helping them return to the game without having to miss too much field time.
Since PRP comes from your body, the injections are very safe and carry a low risk of side effects. Your body shouldn’t reject or adversely react to the substance.
Unlike cortisone shots, which can weaken your cartilage and tendons after repeated injections, PRP appears to strengthen these structures. You shouldn’t need as many PRP injections either since they help your injuries heal rather than merely reduce your symptoms (i.e., inflammation).
If you’re interested in PRP therapy for an injury, contact Dr. Emery online or over the phone for a consultation.