Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, uses your body’s own cells for rebuilding damaged tissue. When you’re a patient of board-certified orthopedic surgeon Cesar E. Ceballos, MD, he may recommend PRP therapy if you haven’t found any other treatment that relieves your pain. His expert team at OrthoMiami in Miami is dedicated to helping you resolve your pain. When you book your appointment online or call the office to schedule a pain assessment, let the team know you want to know more about PRP therapy.
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, treatment is as simple as having your blood drawn and getting an injection. Your blood goes directly into a centrifuge, which rapidly spins your blood, separating each component.
When your blood gets shaken up like this, it goes into healing mode and releases lots of extra growth factors. Dr. Ceballos injects those growth factors right into your joint or injured area. These specialized cells go directly to work, dividing and building new tissue.
PRP injections can improve pain and treat damaged tissues all over your body. Most commonly, patients get PRP injections to help treat:
Possibly, but Dr. Ceballos evaluates each patient on a case-by-case basis. You might have significant improvement after just one injection. If you have a more severe injury, though, you could need as many as two or three treatments.
While the powerful growth factor cells in PRP start going to work right away, it takes some time for you to experience the full benefit. After your injection, you should rest for a few days. Dr. Ceballos generally gets you started with physical therapy for the first six weeks following your PRP treatment. He re-evaluates you after six to 12 weeks, just to see how well you’re improving.
Most men and women who have been through PRP therapy report being about to get back to all or most of their regular routine around the three-month mark. Because your pain level tends to improve after PRP, you may even get back to doing exercises or activities that you haven’t been able to do in a while.
It’s typical to feel some stinging and burning with PRP injections. The pain doesn’t last long though — only a few seconds. If you’re worried about pain or are getting the shot in a sensitive area, Dr. Ceballos provides a topical numbing cream to minimize discomfort.