Your body contains substances aimed at restoring, regenerating, and healing diseased or damaged tissue. However, sometimes your body isn’t able to get the healing cells to the tissues that need them fast enough, resulting in long-term loss of function and chronic pain. At Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine in the Sawtelle region of West Los Angeles, Harvard-trained, triple board-certified physician, Trevin Thurman, MD, offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection to provide your diseased or damaged tissue with the healing properties it needs to reduce pain and restore function. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more about PRP injections.
A platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection is a form of regenerative medicine that supports your body’s natural healing abilities. Athletes have been using PRP injections for many years to help heal their sports injuries so they can get back to their game faster, and sometimes without the need for more invasive treatments like surgery.
Dr. Thurman is a pain and sports medicine specialist who utilizes PRP injections to help you heal better and faster.
PRP is a blood product Dr. Thurman creates from a sample of your blood. Your blood contains plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. You may be familiar with the blood clotting capabilities of platelets, but the platelets in your blood are also a source of growth factors and specialized proteins your body uses to heal damaged tissue.
The PRP Dr. Thurman uses for your injection contains a high concentration of platelets and their specialized proteins. When injected directly into your damaged or diseased tissue, these healing cells accelerate the repair process.
Dr. Thurman determines if you’re a good candidate for a PRP injection during the course of your treatment. He takes a conservative approach to care, utilizing therapies that support your body’s healing abilities, which may include physical therapy, diet modification, and chiropractic care.
If you continue to experience pain or your injury isn’t healing as quickly as expected, then Dr. Thurman may suggest a PRP injection.
Dr. Thurman performs your PRP injections at the Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine office. He utilizes specific Harvard techniques and preparations, which results in better and faster healing than the standard preparation.
He first takes a sample of blood from your arm to prepare your PRP. Then, under guided-imagery, injects the PRP directly into your diseased or damaged tissue. If needed, Dr. Thurman may provide a local anesthetic prior to your PRP injection to minimize any discomfort.
Downtime isn’t usually necessary following PRP injections. However, you may experience some swelling and pain at the site of your injection. This is to be expected and indicates the healing process has started.
Due to the nature of the treatment, it may take a month or longer until you begin to see an improvement in pain and function. Dr. Thurman closely monitors your progress and may include physical therapy to help support the healing process following your PRP injection.
For innovative management of your pain conditions and injuries, contact Vitality Spine & Sports Medicine by phone or online today to discover how a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection may help you.