Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a major component of our Regenerative Medicine program at Utah Orthopaedics. The process saturates damaged tissues with potent healing derived from your own blood. At Utah Orthopaedics, in Ogden, Utah, the region’s only comprehensive orthopaedic medicine practice provides PRP injections as an outpatient treatment. PRP is only utilized in proven conditions and could be the solution for your chronic pain or injury, so set up a consultation online today or call the office to book an appointment.
Platelets, a part of your blood, contain growth factors — proteins that enable healing and tissue repair. PRP injections are a kind of regenerative medicine that uses concentrated platelets to ease pain and speed up healing.
PRP treats tissue damage related to aging, sports injuries, and wear and tear. In many cases, PRP injections allow you to recover without surgery because it encourages tissue repair far faster and more efficiently than it would otherwise occur.
You might need a PRP injection if you have:
PRP is beneficial in the parts of your body that tend to heal slowly. For example, ligaments and tendons don’t have a rich natural blood supply, so sprains and strains in those tissues can take a long time to heal on their own. PRP injections overcome this natural obstacle to speed up healing.
The Utah Orthopaedics team takes blood from your arm, then uses a lab device called a centrifuge to spin it quickly. This process separates the blood platelets from the white blood cells, red blood cells, and plasma.
The team mixes the platelets with some of the plasma to make your PRP. Depending on the treatment area, the team can use live ultrasound or X-ray imaging to direct your injection to the right site.
After the injection, your immune system reacts to the PRP by sending white blood cells, called macrophages, into the area. The macrophages remove damaged cells, which helps to lay the groundwork for healing.
The PRP reduces inflammation and works in several ways to help you heal. PRP also recruits stem cells, the blank-slate cells that can turn into any kind of cell you need to rebuild tissue.
In some cases, the team will recommend another kind of regenerative medicine injection. This one uses stem-like cells instead of PRP and is especially beneficial if tissue rebuilding is your primary need. Or the team could recommend combining PRP and stem cell injections to maximize your results.
Call Utah Orthopaedics today or schedule an appointment online if you’re interested in regenerative medicine injections.