Revitalize Your Health with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy produces long-lasting pain relief by helping your body repair and rebuild injured tissues. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Obi Osuji, MD, FAAOS, and his caring team at Signature Orthopedics in Mesquite, Texas, have extensive experience using your body’s natural platelets to speed up healing and get you back into action as quickly as possible. Call Signature Orthopedics today or request an appointment online to learn more about the benefits of PRP therapy.

PRP Therapy Q&A

PRP therapy involves getting an injection that contains a large number of platelets mixed with plasma. Platelets are cells naturally found in your bloodstream, while plasma is the liquid part of your blood.

Dr. Osuji and the Signature Orthopedics team make PRP in the office from your own blood, so you don’t need to worry about side effects.

After drawing a blood sample, they put it into a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins at high speed, separating the platelets and plasma and creating the PRP.

When you’re injured or a disease damages tissues, platelets go to the area and release growth factors that:

  • Speed healing
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Stimulate new blood vessel growth
  • Boost new tissue growth
  • Attract cells to the area

Your natural cells generate new cells that develop into all the tissues needed to heal your injury.

A PRP injection boosts these healing activities by depositing an extra supply of platelets.

Dr. Osuji often recommends PRP therapy for severe or slow-healing wounds or when the injured tissues lack a good blood supply.

PRP therapy effectively treats many orthopedic conditions, including

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • Ligament injuries
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease

PRP injections can also reduce the inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr. Osuji and his Signature Orthopedics team apply a topical anesthetic to the injection site, then place you on an exam table. You’re positioned so they can easily access the targeted area.

Real-time imaging allows them to see the injured tissues and guide the needle to a precise spot. Dr. Osuji will use ultrasound or fluoroscopy, a specialized X-ray that shows movement inside your body.

As soon as imaging is set up, he inserts the needle, places it at the injured tissues, and then injects your PRP.

After your PRP injection, you can return to your usual activities. However, you might experience some discomfort at the injection site for a short time. Dr. Osuji could advise you to temporarily limit activities affecting the treated area.

The process of regenerating new tissues and healing takes time. For this reason, you won’t notice results for about 4-6 weeks after your PRP injection.

Call Signature Orthopedics today or book an appointment online to get long-lasting relief from your pain.