Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are an innovative type of medicine that can stimulate your body’s natural healing response. The team of expertly trained medical professionals at Arctic Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, offers PRP injections to help you recover from painful injuries and degenerative conditions. Call Arctic Medical Center or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about PRP injections and how they might fit into a treatment plan to address your pain.
Your blood consists of liquid plasma and several solid components, including platelets and red and white blood cells.
Your platelets play a critical role in blood clotting and wound healing. They’re rich in the proteins and growth factors that your body needs in the cellular repair and regeneration process.
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a serum that’s made from a sample of your blood. A physician at Arctic Medical Center draws your blood and then separates it in a centrifuge.
They combine your platelets and plasma to create a serum that includes 5-10 times more platelets than a regular blood sample.
Research shows that PRP injections might help a wide variety of injuries and degenerative conditions heal and provide lasting pain relief. Some of the conditions that the team at Arctic Medical Center might treat with PRP include:
PRP might also support and accelerate your recovery from surgery.
The physicians at Arctic Medical Center begin PRP injection treatments with a thorough exam to diagnose the cause of your pain and determine if PRP could be part of your treatment plan.
If your condition might benefit from PRP, your physician draws your blood and creates the PRP serum. When the PRP is ready, your physician injects it into your injured tissue.
The PRP injection not only triggers your natural healing response but floods your tissue with the growth factors and nutrients you need to repair and grow new cells.
It’s common to experience a flare of inflammation after a PRP injection, as this is a side effect of your body’s healing response. However, as the injection takes effect, your inflammation and pain should subside.
Most patients have a series of treatments to achieve their optimal results, but your physician creates a personalized treatment plan to address your needs.
The team of physicians provides comprehensive consultations before recommending any treatments, including PRP injections. If you have a painful musculoskeletal condition, make an appointment by calling Arctic Medical Center or booking online.