Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a promising treatment that is gaining in popularity. This therapy harnesses the healing power of blood platelets to help repair damaged tissue within a joint. PRP therapy entails drawing blood from a patient, putting the blood into a centrifuge to isolate the platelets, and then injecting the PRP into the damaged joint. In some cases, imaging will be used to ensure that the injection is made at the precise location of the damage.
People who are experiencing a problem with their knee or shoulder can look to Dr. Ira Guttentag at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine for PRP therapy. Here’s some additional information about this treatment that he provides:
- PRP injections can be used to treat a variety of conditions, ranging from tendon injuries to osteoarthritis.
- The entire process of drawing the blood, isolating the platelets, and injecting the PRP can typically be completed within an hour.
- Depending on the condition that’s being treated and the outcome of the first injection, additional PRP injections may be administered in subsequent weeks.
If you have a knee or shoulder condition and are interested in learning more about PRP therapy and the other joint injections that are available, contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine and schedule a consultation with Dr. Guttentag. He would be pleased to discuss how you can potentially benefit from this innovative treatment.