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Blood consists of a liquid component known as plasma as well as three main solid components that include red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs) and platelets. Platelets play an important role in forming blood clots. They also consist of special proteins, known as growth factors, that help our body’s healing process. PRP or platelet- rich plasma contains 94% platelets and 5 to 10 times the concentration of growth factors found in normal blood, resulting in greater healing properties.

PRP is a relatively new treatment method for numerous orthopedic conditions. Our PRP knee injections in Los Angeles can help relieve pain and stimulate healing while delaying replacement surgeries. The overall idea is that when injected PRP will promote healing because the growth factors will be more concentrated when injected directly into disturbed tissue.

Procedure

Your doctor will draw a sample of blood, the amount depends on where the PRP will be injected, but typically 10 to 20 cc of blood. The sample is then placed in a centrifuge machine and spun for about 10 to 15 minutes causing the blood components to separate.

The disrupted area is then prepped with a local anesthetic. The platelet-rich portion of your blood is then injected to the injured part of your body. Depending on the circumstances, the doctor may use an ultrasound to identify specific areas for injection. Our knee specialists at Nanoknee have studied PRP knee injections in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and San Luis Obispo very thoroughly and have many successful results.

What does PRP treat?

Doctors have used PRP injections to treat a range of orthopedic conditions.

  • Tendon Injuries
  • Postsurgical repair
  • Acute Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis

Post-procedural care

  • Experiencing some discomfort at the injection site for a few days post procedure is normal.
  • You will be prescribed pain medications by your doctor
  • It is fine to use cold compresses to ease any symptoms
  • You will be instructed to stop any anti-inflammatory medications
  • You may continue your normal activities, but will be asked to avoid strenuous activities such as exercising or heavy lifting.

Risk and Complications

Though minimal, there are risks associated with PRP injections. Some possible risks include:

  • Increased pain at injection site
  • Infection
  • Damage to adjacent nerves or tissues
  • Formation of scar tissue
  • Calcification at injection site

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