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Injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative treatment for the joints, utilizing concentrated substances produced from the patient’s own blood. This non-surgical, low-risk treatment promotes healing for faster recovery from sports injuries and other conditions. At DOCS Health, we offer a wide variety of joint preservation and pain relief options at our clinic in Los Angeles, including platelet-rich plasma joint preservation treatment.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

The blood contains many healing factors that can stimulate tissue repair, including platelets and growth factors. Although there may be a blood supply to the joints, it does not have a high concentration of these healing elements. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is created by taking a patient’s blood and filtering it through a centrifuge. The platelets are separated from the red blood cells, creating a concentrated plasma that is “rich” in platelets and other biological factors. This plasma can then be injected directly into the joint to help stimulate healing and repair.

Benefits of PRP Joint Injections

PRP has been used for decades to help improve wound healing and in other types of medical treatments. For joint arthritis or damage to the joint, it helps repair bone, cartilage and other tissue to preserve a healthy joint. A series of PRP joint injections are usually recommended to get the highest benefit. PRP injections can result in less inflammation, less pain and improved function without risks of negative side effects. This is a non-invasive procedure that can be performed at our clinic with little to no downtime required after your treatment.

If you have damaged joints from an injury or wear/tear, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) joint preservation treatment may be right for you. To learn more about our joint treatments for arthritis, injuries and degenerative damage, contact us at DOCS Health in Los Angeles.