Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use supercharged healing platelets from your own blood to stimulate healing. At Boost, which has offices in Victor, Idaho, and Durango, Colorado, experienced double board-certified physician Allison Mulcahy, MD, offers PRP injections to help with healing of muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries. Book your appointment online or call the nearest office to schedule a visit today.
PRP injections contain platelet-rich plasma, a substance that comes from your blood. Platelets are one part of your blood, and they have tremendous healing abilities.
Your platelets contain more than 30 unique growth factors, substances that stimulate healing, cellular renewal, and new blood vessel growth. Platelets also attract stem cells to the area of your injury to provide even faster healing.
PRP concentrates your platelets, yielding a substance with 5-10 times the platelets your blood contains normally. Ultimately, this gives you a massive dose of growth factors where you need them the most.
PRP injections treat many different musculoskeletal conditions, including:
Generally, PRP works best for injuries and age-related tissue breakdown, but it has many applications today. Doctors sometimes use it during surgery to help their patients recover faster and more efficiently.
For PRP injections, Dr. Mulcahy uses a small amount of your own blood. She treats the blood using a special centrifugation process, which concentrates the platelets in one layer.
After discarding the remaining parts of the blood sample, Dr. Mulcahy injects the pure platelet formula directly into your injured area.
Dr. Mulcahy has extensive ultrasound training, and she often uses these specialized skills to precisely pinpoint the area of injection. Because she uses very thin needles, most patients tolerate the injections very well. PRP injections take just a short time in the Boost office.
After PRP injections, most people experience pain relief within 3-4 weeks. Then, over the next 3-6 months, you notice additional improvement as the platelets further stimulate healing and recovery.
After your PRP injections, you may opt for retreatment in the future. In general, PRP injections have long-lasting results because they actually stimulate your body to make new tissue. So, as long as you stay healthy, your new tissue remains healthy and viable as well.
To learn more about PRP injections and what they can do for you, call the Boost office in your area or click on the provided appointment scheduler now.