Platelet Rich Plasma Overview in Tyler, Texas

As the human body ages, the shoulder and knee joints begin to deteriorate. This is most often caused by the natural aging process, joint overuse during sports and work activities, or a previous joint injury or surgery.For patients suffering from chronic joint pain and osteoarthritis in the Greater Tyler, Texas communities, Pain Recovery Center of Tyler now offers platelet rich plasma therapy through the use of PRP injections.

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What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelet rich plasma merges the latest in medical technology with the body’s natural healing abilities.

Human blood is composed of four main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. For many years, doctors believed that the main function of platelets was for blood clotting. Through medical research the past 20 years, it has been shown that when activated, platelets releasehealing proteins known as growth factors. These growth factors are a naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cellular growth during the body’s healing process.

What are Common Uses of PRP Injections?

Physicians around the world are now using PRP injections to treat a number of chronic soft tissue injuries, such as tendonitis, acute ligament injuries, and muscle injuries. Conditions commonly treated with platelet rich plasma include:

  • - Shoulder: Rotator cuff tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, rotator cuff impingement, labrum tears,osteoarthritis, and joint instability
  • - Knee: Meniscus tears, osteoarthritis, partially torn or strained major ligaments of the knee (ACL/LCL/MCL), patellar tendonitis, and patellar instability
  • - Elbow: Medial and lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbowandgolfers’ elbow)
- Ankle/Foot: Achilles tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and recurrent ankle sprains

How is PRP Performed?

To begin treatment,a Pain Recovery Center of Tyler physician will remove a vial of blood, typically 30 milliliters, from the patient. The blood is then spun in a centrifugeto separate itsfour main components. Once the components are separated from each other, the platelet rich plasma is removed.

The plasma is then injected back into the injured area to promote healing, releasing three to five times the growth factors when compared to normal human blood. The body’s response to platelet rich plasma therapy is different for each individual. The majority of patients will require 1-3 sets of PRP injections. Each set of treatments is spaced 4-6 weeks apart

If you would like to learn more about platelet rich plasma, or schedule a consultation for PRP injections in the Tyler, Texas area, please contact the Pain Recovery Center of Tyler office.

What Can You Do?

Contact our office at 903-526-5000 to schedule an initial consultation with our Doctor to determine if you are a candidate for care. After carefully studying your case history and exam findings, he will sit down and explain his recommended plan of action for you. After answering any questions you may have about the recommended plan, you may begin your care with our treatment