Your body has the ability to heal itself, but sometimes it needs a little help. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections contain your body’s natural healing elements to support the repair process. At Katz Medical Group, Jacob Katz, MD, takes an integrative approach to care and offers many treatment options to support health and healing, including PRP injections. To learn more about PRP injections, call the office closest to you or schedule an appointment online today.
PRP is a blood product that consists of blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets.
Plasma is the liquid part of your blood and helps circulate red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets throughout your body.
Platelets are a type of blood cell best known for stopping cuts from bleeding by forming blood clots. Platelets also contain specialized proteins and growth factors that stimulate cell growth and tissue regeneration to repair the cut.
PRP injections are a treatment that delivers the healing properties from your blood directly into the areas that need help.
Dr. Katz draws a sample of blood from your arm and places it in a centrifuge that separates the tiny platelets from the other cells in your blood. He then adds the platelets to your sample plasma to create the PRP he uses for the injections.
Dr. Katz uses ultrasound-guided imaging for PRP injections to ensure accurate placement of the healing cells.
Dr. Katz takes a collaborative and integrative approach to care. Before deciding on any specific treatment, he spends time talking to you about your health condition and your treatment options.
He may suggest PRP injections if you have pain or injury that affects the musculoskeletal system, such as:
Because PRP injections are more invasive than other treatments, Dr. Katz may try conservative interventions like medications and physical therapy first. If you continue to have symptoms, then he proceeds with PRP injections.
Dr. Katz recommends you stop anti-inflammatory medications prior to your PRP injections. The inflammatory response is part of your body’s healing process and anti-inflammatory medications may hinder the actions of the platelets.
PRP injections are an in-office treatment. First, Katz takes a sample of blood to make your PRP and prepares your injections. He then injects the PRP directly into your injured or damaged tissue using ultrasound-guided imaging.
Dr. Katz schedules follow-up visits following your PRP injections to monitor progress. He may recommend additional PRP injections as needed.
To learn more about plasma-rich plasma injections and how they might help you, call Katz Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today.