Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has gained enormous attention and has been used and well publicized by professional athletes and many active individuals. PRP therapy merges regenerative medicine technology with the body’s natural healing ability to offer patients potentially accelerated healing from a number of muscle injuries, some acute ligament injuries and chronic tendon injuries. Dr. Mark Getelman offers PRP treatment to patients living in the Van Nuys, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles, California communities looking for a non-surgical treatment option.
Platelet rich plasma is becoming more widely recognized and used to treat a number of orthopedic and sports injuries, including:
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Certain Knee ligament tears
- Patellar tendonitis
- Biceps Tendonitis
When a ligament or tendon becomes injured, the collagen fibers begin to bleed. The bleeding leads to an increased concentration of growth factors related to the increased blood flow. Growth factors and platelets are known to aid in healing. When healing does not occur as the body naturally intended, scar tissue develops and the healing response will slow down or stop. PRP therapy is designed to help facilitate healing in certain conditions and can often be performed without the need for a surgical procedure.
The science and use of platelet rich plasma continues to evolve and change, but the future for this biologic therapy looks very promising. Platelet rich plasma and PRP therapy are providing orthopedic specialists a new and potentially effective way to treat patients suffering from a variety of injuries. The entire process is quite short, typically less than 15 minutes. PRP treatment risk is generally low.
For additional resources on platelet rich plasma, or to determine if you are an ideal candidate for PRP therapy, please contact Dr. Mark Getelman, orthopedic specialist in the Van Nuys, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles, California area.