Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can help you recover from an injury and return to your sport quickly. With his expertise in regenerative therapies, Moisés Irizarry-Román, MD, of No Mercy Sports Medicine, can help you get through the most complex of pain-causing conditions with personalized PRP therapy sessions. Find out if PRP is right for you by booking a consultation online or over the phone.
Platelet-rich plasma, more commonly known as PRP, is a regenerative therapy that involves stimulating your body’s natural healing processes. Your body is full of powerful healing compounds known as growth factors that are attached to platelets in your blood. Any time you have an injury, those growth factors jump into action, repairing tissues and triggering new tissue development.
Medical researchers started realizing that by extracting these growth factors, putting them into a high-concentration solution, and injecting them directly into injured tissues, they can improve your body's natural healing process. While PRP therapy is used for a wide variety of conditions, some of the most common issues that benefit from PRP therapy include:
In some cases, PRP can even help you if you have chronic pain from a musculoskeletal issue, like an overuse injury from sports or exercise.
PRP is processed right in the office at No Mercy Sports Medicine. Dr. Irizarry-Román simply takes a quick blood sample from your arm and processes it in a centrifuge. This device agitates your sample by spinning it rapidly, which ultimately forces platelets and growth factors to separate. The end result is your signature PRP.
After your PRP is ready — it takes about 10-15 minutes — Dr. Irizarry-Román draws it into a syringe. He carefully and precisely injects your PRP into damaged tissues, often making several injections. The injection process of PRP takes just a few minutes, and you can return home immediately afterward.
While it’s common to experience inflammation and pain after your PRP treatment, you should start noticing an improvement in your injured area within a few weeks. Depending on your specific injury and how quickly you recover after PRP, Dr. Irizarry-Román may recommend 2-3 sessions, each spaced at least a few months apart, in order to achieve optimal results and improved athletic ability.
Schedule your PRP consultation at No Mercy Sports Medicine today. Click on the online booking feature or call the clinic directly.