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PRP Injections

Jeffrey Lai, MD -  - Regenerative Sports Medicine Physician

Jeffrey Lai, MD

Regenerative Sports Medicine Physician & Hormone Specialist located in Torrance, CA

Pain and dysfunction from a musculoskeletal injury or overuse condition shouldn’t keep you from living your life. When traditional treatment options fail, leading-edge regenerative medicine treatments can help you get moving faster and better. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a non-surgical option used for conditions such as joint arthritis, ligament tears, and tendon injuries. At Jeffrey Lai, MD, in Torrance, California, each dose of PRP is optimally concentrated to your unique condition and verified for quality. Find out how to harness your body’s own repair system by calling Jeffrey Lai, MD today or book an appointment using the online form.

PRP Injections Q & A

 

What are PRP injections?

PRP is a form of orthobiological treatment. That means it uses a biological material, such as cells taken from your own body, to form an injectable solution that can ease pain and help injured tissues heal.

The PRP used in the treatment comes from your own blood. In addition to more commonly known red and white blood cells and plasma (fluid), your blood also contains platelets. These help your blood to clot when you hurt yourself, but that’s not all they do.

Platelets also contain growth factors. These are healing proteins that stimulate cell growth. Concentrating platelets and injecting them into damaged tissues gives your body’s natural healing processes a significant boost.

 

What can PRP injections treat?

Surgeons have been using PRP for years to help heal wounds and promote the formation of new bone during spinal surgery. Now, physicians like Dr. Lai are using PRP to relieve pain and dysfunction due to musculoskeletal injuries with excellent results.

PRP injections can help treat conditions such as:

  • Joint Aarthritis
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Bursitis
  • Labral tears
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Degenerative meniscal tears
  • Achilles tendinitis

PRP can also help with ligament sprains, including medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries of the knee. Many elite and professional athletes have used PRP injections for years to treat injuries. Now you can benefit from PRP, as well, to keep you moving. 

 

How is PRP made?

The first step in your treatment is to collect some of your blood, which is spun by a centrifuge at very high speeds. The platelets and blood cells separate, creating the PRP solution.

Dr. Lai personally oversees the processing of your PRP, and can customize the platelet concentration and other treatment variables such the concentration of white blood cells to make leukocyte-rich or leukocyte-poor PRP. 

An assessment of your baseline platelet levels will be performed, and your unique PRP will also be tested for platelet concentration, amount of red blood cells, and the presence of white blood cells.  This ensures you receive the highest quality and concentration of beneficial platelets. 

 

What happens when I have PRP injections?

Dr. Lai performs all PRP injections using musculoskeletal ultrasound guidance to ensure that the PRP gets to the right place — the best medicine in the world doesn't work if it isn’t delivered to the proper location.

It may take several weeks for the PRP injections to have an effect. During this time, Dr. Lai will limit your activities, and you may be instructed to wear a brace or splint.  Rest assured that the goal is to get you moving as safely and quickly as possible. For some conditions and injuries, multiple PRP injections are recommended, but some conditions improve with just one injection.  

If you’re in the Torrance or Palos Verdes area, and you want to find out how PRP injections could benefit you, call Jeffrey Lai, MD, today or book an appointment online.