Regenerative Medicine Services
Growth factors in your blood's platelets have powerful healing properties that repair and regenerate injured tissues. You can benefit from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy at Meeting Point in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with expert Dr. Steve Matta, DO, MBA, CAQSM. Dr. Matta specializes in using PRP to treat musculoskeletal injuries and promote the growth of healthy new tissues. Call the Meeting Point office for more information, or schedule a consultation by requesting an appointment online today.
PRP is an injectable substance that can assist your body's tissues to heal more quickly and completely. It's one of a collection of regenerative medicine therapies that help your body heal itself, another being stem cell therapy.
The active ingredients in PRP — which stands for platelet-rich plasma — are platelets. These are cells in your blood that help with clotting when you have an injury.
Beyond this clotting ability, platelets are also full of growth factors that your body uses to repair damaged tissues and produce new cells. Growth factors stimulate the healing process, so flooding an injured area with extra growth factors multiplies the effect of natural healing considerably.
PRP is a safe, effective treatment that can help with a variety of conditions, including:
PRP is a popular form of treatment among athletes and sports professionals, who find that it speeds up their recovery from injuries.
Yes, many people do not want to undergo surgery and are looking for an effective alternative. PRP can replace the need for surgery in many cases. Even if you have had surgery, you may still have pain and could be a candidate for PRP injections. A consultation with Dr. Matta will help in determining whether PRP is right for you.
PRP treatment involves two stages. The first is extracting a sample of your blood, which your physician places in a centrifuge. This device spins your blood at very high speeds, forcing the components to separate.
Meeting Point uses a double-spin technique with high volume, so their final platelet count is typically above 1 billion.
After separating the blood, your provider prepares an injection that contains the concentrated platelets and some plasma (the liquid part of your blood). To ensure the utmost accuracy when injecting the PRP, Meeting Point uses advanced ultrasound guidance.
Following your PRP injection, you can go home and resume normal activities the next day.
You should find that your pain starts to ease and your function improves after a few weeks as new cells regenerate. It may take longer, because the growth factors can work more quickly in some patients than others.
One injection is all many people need, while others require a course of PRP. Meeting Point offers patients comprehensive, integrative care, so patients often benefit from having other treatments alongside their PRP therapy.
If you have injured or diseased tissues and want to use a non-pharmaceutical approach, call Meeting Point today or request an appointment online.