Dr. Sumit Dewanjee at FXRX Orthopaedics & Bracing in Tempe is often hailed as one of the Phoenix, Arizona, area’s top orthopedic surgeons. He has extensive expertise in sports medicine at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels.
He’s also known for incorporating the most effective treatments for a full range of orthopedic conditions.
Read why platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy meets Dr. Dewanjee’s rigorous safety and effectiveness standards and how it decreases joint pain and improves mobility.
What exactly is PRP therapy?
PRP therapy is a regenerative medicine treatment containing a concentrated level of platelets (growth factors) that are integral to your body’s natural tissue repair system.
Research is ongoing, but laboratory studies show that the concentrated growth factors in PRP help boost your body’s natural stem cell production and healing process.
PRP may be more effective for treating moderate knee osteoarthritis than other injection-based therapies. As tissue inflammation and swelling decrease, mobility increases.
In some cases, PRP therapy may eliminate or delay the need for joint surgery. But it’s also used during surgical procedures to speed healing. In addition, PRP is a popular treatment for hair loss and other cosmetic concerns.
Where do you get PRP?
The PRP comes from a blood sample obtained just before the in-office treatment. A technician places the blood sample in a centrifuge machine, which spins at high speed to separate the plasma and platelets from other blood components.
Dr. Dewanjee then injects the PRP substance into the painful joint or another treatment site.
Is PRP therapy safe?
PRP therapy is very safe with few risks other than a low possibility of infection at the injection site, which is the case for any injection-based treatment.
Because the PRP formula comes from your own blood, there’s no risk of rejection or other problems sometimes associated with donor tissue or blood products. PRP therapy is generally well-tolerated by most people.
How long does it take PRP to work?
Because it’s based on your body’s natural tissue rebuilding process, it may take several weeks for you to experience the full effects of PRP therapy.
Dr. Dewanjee typically combines PRP injections with physical therapy and other conservative treatments for joint inflammation, pain, and decreased mobility.
What orthopedic conditions can you treat with PRP?
Dr. Dewanjee may recommend PRP therapy for various sports-related or traumatic injuries and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, including:
- Ligament sprains (tears)
- Tendon strains
- Muscle injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Elbow epicondylitis (golfer’s or tennis elbow)
- Achilles tendinitis
- Moderate knee osteoarthritis
Multiple professional sports leagues have approved PRP therapy, including Major League Baseball, the NBA, and the NFL. In addition, the World Anti-Doping Agency has also approved its use.
Schedule an evaluation at FXRX today to learn more about PRP and other services we offer. Call the office or request an appointment using our secure online service.