Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet-rich plasma injections provide all-natural pain relief using the principles of regenerative medicine to enhance your body’s natural ability to heal from injury and illness. To determine if platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy might be right for you, please come in for a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors.
Our team of medical professionals uses platelet-rich plasma as an effective treatment for a wide range of painful conditions, including:
- Knee pain from normal wear, aging, or injury
- Degraded or damaged cartilage, including meniscus
- Torn ligaments
- Joint pain from arthritis and other causes
- Herniated or bulging discs, sciatica, and other back-related pain
- Whiplash and other neck pain
- Shoulder injuries, commonly a torn rotator cuff or torn labrum
- Hip pain
- Tennis elbow and other issues affecting the elbow
- Bone spurs and other bone issues
- Neuropathy or other problems causing weakness, numbness, or tingling sensations
- Foot and ankle pain, commonly plantar fasciitis
Whether or not your condition is listed above, if your pain stems from some form of tissue damage, the healing power of platelet-rich plasma therapy can help you recover.
Both PRP and injections containing stem cells are increasingly popular forms of regenerative treatments for pain. In contrast to our injections containing stem cells, platelet-rich plasma injections are made from your own cells. Platelet-rich plasma injections can be as effective as injections containing stem cells for most conditions, depending on the severity and other factors surrounding the damaged tissue.
Although platelet's primary role in the body involves blood clotting, they also play a crucial role in healing. When the brain sends out a signal alerting the body that an injury or some type of damage has occurred, platelets are attracted to the site to mitigate the damage.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelets contain multiple growth factors and other constituents that help stimulate healing, including connective tissue growth factor, fibroblast growth factor, IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1), interleukin 8, keratinocyte growth factor, transforming growth factor beta, and vascular endothelial growth factor. These growth factors are even more powerful when concentrated into PRP and injected directly into your injured tissue.
The procedure is simple and causes little to slight discomfort. When you come in for your treatment, our doctor will draw a small amount of blood and separate the platelets from the other parts of the blood. The separation process results in an almost colorless plasma that is then injected into your injured tissue. The high concentration of platelets immediately begins to stimulate healing. PRP therapy is particularly useful for chronic conditions or old injuries that are unlikely to fully heal without this additional stimulation.
To learn more about how we can treat your condition with platelet-rich plasma in Bakersfield, Shafter, Arvin, or any nearby city in California, call our medical center today at 661-587-0700 for a complimentary consultation. Our doctors will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this highly effective form of regenerative medicine.