Regenerative medicine uses cutting-edge treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to safely and effectively repair damaged musculoskeletal tissues and boost wound healing. Emile Wakim, MD, and the providers at Pacifica Orthopedics integrate PRP into comprehensive treatment to restore joints, heal tendons, and trigger new tissue growth for many orthopedic conditions. To learn whether PRP may help relieve your pain and heal your injury, call the office in Huntington Beach, California, or book an appointment online.
Platelets are cells naturally found in your bloodstream, where they’re best known for stopping bleeding by making your blood clot. But they have another vital job.
The platelets in your blood are also rich sources of proteins called growth factors. When you’re injured, platelets go to the damaged site, where they release many different types of growth factors.
Growth factors trigger everything you need to heal. They attract stem cells to the area and activate the production of every type of tissue needed to heal the specific wound or disease.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a plasma that contains a higher concentration of platelets than the amount normally found in your blood.
Dr. Wakim produces PRP by drawing a sample of your blood and using a centrifuge to separate the platelets from other blood components. The separated platelets together with plasma create PRP, which is used for your PRP treatment.
When PRP is injected directly into your damaged tissues, the concentrated platelets do their natural job, which means they:
When injecting PRP, Dr. Wakim uses ultrasound or fluoroscopy to guide the needle placement, ensuring your PRP goes directly to the injured area.
PRP injections are used extensively in orthopedics because they’re a form of regenerative medicine that restores muscles, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.
Since PRP reduces inflammation, it helps relieve pain caused by acute and repetitive use injuries. It may also accelerate the healing of inflammatory conditions such as bursitis and tendonitis.
Dr. Wakim often uses PRP injections to treat joints and tendons. PRP treatment may also be used for many musculoskeletal problems, including rotator cuff tears, ACL, Achilles tendon injuries, and arthritis.
To learn more about PRP and whether you might be a good candidate for this regenerative treatment, call Pacifica Orthopedics or schedule an appointment using online booking.