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PRP Injection San Jose, CA (Platelet-Rich Plasma)

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP Injection is an extremely safe and effective treatment for many orthopedic injuries and pain. PRP injections can bring pain relief and rapid healing for those suffering with ligament, muscle, and tendon injuries, arthritis, joint pain, and fractures. PRP can delay, or in some cases, eliminate the need for joint replacement surgery.

How Does PRP Work?

Your blood contains a combination of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, suspended in plasma. Platelets are more commonly known for their importance in the forming of blood clots to stop bleeding. But platelets also contain proteins that are called growth factors. These proteins are very effective in speeding up our body’s ability to heal.

PRP Consists of Your Own Platelets

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP is created by drawing a small vial of your blood, usually drawn from your arm. Next, that vial of blood is spun in a centrifuge for about 10 minutes to concentrate the platelets. These special concentrated platelets and plasma are then injected directly where they are needed to do their work. A typical blood sample contains a platelet concentration of just 4%, while Platelet Rich Plasma contains approximately 95% platelets, and nearly 10 times the usual amount of the special growth factor proteins.

Will the Injection be Painful?

The first step is just like having a blood draw for a blood test. After the blood has been prepared, Dr. Mehta will use a local anesthetic to numb the injection site before injecting the Platelet-Rich Plasma into your injured joint. There may be some pain during the injection and some minor discomfort for a few days after.

How Many Treatments will I Need?

Many patients experience a dramatic improvement or complete recovery from a single treatment. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition, Dr. Mehta may recommend a series of 2 or 3 treatments for best results. One of the many advantages of PRP is that the benefit increases with each treatment, unlike steroid injections which can have a diminishing benefit after several treatments.

Post-Procedure

You will be instructed to temporarily suspend any anti-inflammatory medications, but you will be able to use ice or a cold compress to alleviate symptoms. You should avoid strenuous exercising or lifting for a few days, but normal activity can be resumed right away. Dr. Mehta can also prescribe medication to help relive your pain after the treatment, as it will take a few days before you experience the full benefit from the PRP injection.

Are There any Risks?

Since you are being treated with your own blood components, PRP injections are very safe. There are always very minimal risks anytime you have an injection these potential risks include:

  • Infection
  • Increased pain at the injection site
  • Scar tissue
  • Calcification at the injection site
  • Damage to adjacent tissues or nerves

 PRP San Jose, CA Dr. Pamela MehtaAbout Dr. Mehta

Dr. Pamela Mehta was one of the early adopters of using PRP to treat orthopedic injuries and conditions. She is an orthopedic surgeon and performs knee, hip and shoulder surgeries and replacements, but is interested in treatments like PRP that can often delay or eliminate the need for surgery.

If you live in the San Jose area and would like to find out if a PRP injection is right for you, please call the office and make an appointment, our staff will be happy to answer your questions or have Dr. Mehta contact you to discuss your options.

 

 

 

 

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