Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy in Dearborn & Jackson, MILearn more about advancements in PRP therapy and how it might benefit your recovery. PRP Therapy Also for Ann Arbor, Allen Park, Trenton, & ChelseaPlatelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an exciting area of regenerative medicine that leverages the body’s natural healing capabilities. Some of the world’s most elite athletes have credited PRP therapy for helping them overcome orthopedic injuries and return to their sport quickly. But according to our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Alfred Faulkner, you don’t have to be a competitive athlete to benefit from this non-invasive, holistic treatment to heal an injured bone, muscle, ligament, tendon or cartilage. Studies have shown many people of all ages and backgrounds are able to achieve pain reduction and increase functional activity, thanks to PRP therapy.What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?Platelet-rich plasma is a natural product derived from your own blood.Your blood contains platelets, or components containing growth factors. These platelets are responsible for stimulating the natural wound-healing and cellular-repair processes. When you suffer a soft tissue injury, your body naturally responds by flooding the area with platelets to kickstart the repair process and generate new, healthier tissue.Platelet-rich plasma contains a higher-than-normal concentration of platelets. To prepare PRP, Dr. Faulkner takes a sample of your blood and processes it to isolate and extract the platelets. Then, he injects the PRP at and around the point of injury or pain to facilitate healing and enhance the natural rate of regeneration. The PRP triggers the cells in the injured area to heal themselves.Are You a Candidate for PRP Therapy?PRP therapy can be used to help heal various conditions, including the following:Chronic tendon injuries, including tennis elbow and Achilles tendinitisAcute ligament and muscle injuries such as a knee sprain or pulled hamstring muscleLow- to moderate-grade osteoarthritis of the kneePRP Therapy BenefitsPRP therapy is a good option for people who do not respond to other non-surgical treatment options, such as the use of anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections or physical therapy, for an injury or pain. In some cases, PRP therapy can eliminate or delay the need for surgery.In other cases, Dr. Faulkner recommends PRP therapy to patients who have already had surgery for orthopedic conditions. PRP therapy can help them heal and return to normal function quicker than they normally would.PRP Treatment ProcessPRP therapy does not require surgery and is non-invasive. The procedure can be performed in Dr. Faulkner’s office or at an outpatient surgery center. First, a simple blood draw is taken (similar to undergoing blood work at a lab). The blood is spun through a centrifuge to separate the platelets and growth factors. Then, Dr. Faulkner injects the platelet-rich plasma into the site of your injury or pain. Your skin is numbed so you do not experience pain during the injections.Because it is your own natural blood product, PRP therapy is extremely safe and the risks are minimal. Dr. Faulkner can provide more details about PRP therapy and determine whether you could benefit from treatment based on the area of your body that has been injured or is experiencing pain, and the nature of the injury or pain.Learn More About PRP TherapyTo learn more about this breakthrough therapy and find out whether you are a candidate, please call the practice of Dr. Alfred Faulkner today. You can also request a consultation by filling out the form on our website.