by Alfred M. Faulkner, DO, PC on March 30, 2022A main concern for those who have suffered an orthopedic injury is healing time. Every body and every injury is different, and luckily, there are therapy options to suit the panoply of situations people face. One such option is platelet-rich plasma, a regenerative therapy that helps your body heal and return to normal function. If you are wondering how this revolutionary new therapy can help you return to normal function, Dr. Alfred Faulkner can provide a consultation to evaluate your injury and let you know if platelet-rich plasma therapy is right for you.What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?Platelet-rich plasma actually comes from your own blood. When you have an injury, your platelet cells come to the rescue. Platelets naturally help your body heal by doing the following:Clotting wounds to stop bleedingStimulating your body’s repair processRegenerating tissueWhat Is the Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Process?Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a non-surgical process that can be performed in Dr. Faulkner’s office or in an outpatient surgery center. To prepare the platelet-rich plasma, Dr. Faulkner will take a sample of your blood and then spin the blood in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates out the platelets. Dr. Faulkner then injects the platelet-rich plasma into the injured area.How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Improve Healing Time?Platelet-rich plasma therapy can be used to help patients in a variety of different situations with the healing process. It can be used to help patients who have been injured and have not responded to non-surgical treatment options. It can also be used by patients who have undergone surgery to help them heal faster.Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a targeted healing approach that can improve healing time. When injected into and around an injury site, platelet-rich plasma immediately starts to work on the injury. As it spurs the healing response, it also reduces the pain and inflammation associated with the injury. All of this improves healing time and reduces the time it takes for the patient to return to normal function.What Orthopedic Conditions Can Benefit from Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?There are a variety of orthopedic conditions that can benefit from platelet-rich plasma therapy, including the following:Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis)Knee osteoarthritisLigament and muscle injuriesStart Your Healing Journey TodayContact our Michigan Bone Doctor in Jackson or Dearborn today to start your healing journey. Dr. Alfred Faulkner is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who can evaluate your injury and advise you regarding your treatment options.