When you’re limited by arthritis or need treatment for a painful muscle tear, you may be a candidate for treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). At Physical Medicine Institute in Sherman Oaks, California, rehabilitation physician B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME, specializes in PRP therapy. This minimally invasive treatment can help you avoid surgery and promote more efficient healing of damaged ligaments, muscles, and other soft tissues. Schedule a consultation at Physical Medicine Institute online or by calling the office today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance found naturally in your blood that stimulates your body’s natural healing processes. PRP contains growth factors that can improve the efficiency and speed of your healing.
Injecting PRP into injured areas triggers your body to produce new, healthy cells to replace ones damaged by injury or disease.
Dr. Tabibian uses PRP injections to treat a variety of orthopedic injuries and underlying diseases that cause pain or limit your mobility. He may recommend PRP injections to treat:
With PRP injections, Dr. Tabibian can help you find long-lasting pain relief by treating the root cause of your pain. PRP therapy might also allow you to avoid surgery by helping your body heal from the inside out.
The PRP that Dr. Tabibian uses during treatment comes from your own blood. He draws a sample of your blood and uses a centrifuge to prepare it for injection. The centrifuge spins the liquid rapidly to separate blood materials and achieve a high concentration of PRP.
Dr. Tabibian injects the resulting plasma concentration into the injured area of your body. To ensure the injection goes into the precise location, he may use state-of-the-art ultrasound guidance during your procedure.
If you have significant inflammation, Dr. Tabibian may include a local anesthetic with your PRP injections.
Once you receive your PRP injection, your body gets to work producing new cells. You may continue to have pain for the first week or two, but as new cells continue to replace what’s damaged, your pain decreases.
Over time, as your injury heals and inflammation subsides, you should also notice an increase in your flexibility and overall mobility.
You can expect to schedule a follow-up appointment in the weeks after treatment to ensure PRP is working well for you. You may not see the full benefit of PRP injections for several months, during which time Dr. Tabibian continues to monitor your healing process.
If you’re limited in mobility or experience persistent pain because of an injury or degenerative disease, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Physical Medicine Institute to find out if PRP is a treatment option for you. You can book an appointment online or by calling the office today.