When your body becomes injured, a natural process occurs in which your body's platelets are activated and begin to release growth factors. These growth factors then go to work to help repair the damaged tissue. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an exciting new treatment that takes advantage of this natural process, harnessing it to speed up your recovery and help you get back in the game as quickly as possible.
At PT Family Medicine, Dr. Michael Wong and his team are proud to offer non-invasive PRP therapy to our patients across greater Pittsburgh. We have seen firsthand how effective this treatment can be in helping people heal from injuries, particularly sports injuries. We’re an independent practice, and we make every patient feel seen and cared for in our office. We’ll thoroughly examine your affected area, then help you determine whether or not PRP is the right option for you.
Whether you're a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, PT Family Medicine can help you. If you've been injured and are looking for a treatment that can help you heal quickly and get back to your normal activities, schedule your first appointment today with the best orthopedic doctor Pittsburgh has to offer.
Platelet-rich plasma is a concentration of platelets and plasma that is derived from your own blood. PRP contains a high concentration of growth factors, which are proteins that play an important role in your body's natural healing process.
The first step in PRP therapy is to draw a small amount of blood from the patient. This blood is then placed in a centrifuge, which spins it at a very high speed. This process separates out the plasma, which contains high levels of platelets, from the other blood cells.
The concentrated plasma is then injected into the injured area. The platelets in the plasma then release their growth factors. When these growth factors populate the injury site, they help to accelerate healing in that area.
If you have any questions about whether or not PRP therapy can help you, don’t hesitate to ask us. We’re always happy to talk with our patients about this exciting treatment option.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy has been used effectively to treat a wide variety of injuries and conditions, including:
In some cases, yes. Platelet-rich plasma therapy can be an effective alternative to surgery for certain injuries. PRP can help promote healing in the injured area, which may allow you to avoid surgery altogether.
Of course, every injury is unique, and not every patient will be a good candidate for PRP therapy. If you’re considering PRP therapy, Dr. Wong will thoroughly examine your injury and review your medical history with you. He’ll then help you make an informed decision about whether or not PRP is the right treatment option for you.
PRP is not covered by insurance. We have pricing available in the office upon request based on the conditions treated.
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