Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Dr. Jennifer Stebbing DO Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine

Osteopathic and Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine Specialist in Camas, WA

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a versatile, safe, effective drug-free treatment used to promote healing and repair for chronic pain. PRP harnesses your own body’s ability to self heal without surgery, aligning to the osteopathic philosophy that your body has the solution to repair itself. Founder of Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine, in Camas, Washington, Dr. Jennifer Stebbing DO is a leading provider of personalized, comprehensive evaluation and treatment of injuries that have created pain and dysfunction. To find out if you are a candidate for PRP, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Q & A

What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

The use of platelets in the treatment of injuries has been available for over 30 years. In more recent years, high profile athletes have brought its benefits to recovery and quick return to sport to the forefront. Now Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is considered a first-line treatment to muscle, fascial, ligament or joint injuries that cause pain and/or dysfunction. Its use in other areas of the body, such as aesthetics (Vampire facials), for erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease in men (P-shot) and incontinence, lichen sclerosis, lowered libido and dyspareunia in women (O-shot), Platelet-Rich Plasma is offering options for healing and repair, changing the medical paradigm.

Where does Platelet-rich plasma come from?

Platelet-Rich Plasma is derived from your own blood. A centrifuge is used to remove red blood cells, white blood cells and most of the plasma, the yellow liquid form of blood. The platelets are concentrated in a smaller amount of plasma.

How does Platelet-Rich Plasma work?

The platelets in your blood contain proteins and growth factors that promote healing throughout the body. Platelet-rich plasma helps speed up the healing process of damaged tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints.

Dr. Stebbing uses PRP alone or pairs it with other treatments to promote a speedy, successful recovery. PRP injections harness your body’s own healing abilities to improve function and reduce pain.

Once injected into damaged tissue, the healing properties of PRP help regenerate or heal tissue, leading to less pain and increased mobility.

What are some of the conditions that are treated with Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Dr. Stebbing uses PRP to treat a number of conditions, including:

  • Sprains
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger finger
  • Repetitive motion injury
  • Arthritis
  • Knee pain
  • Pain after surgery
  • Tendinitis
  • Falls
  • Car accidents, especially whiplash and low back and hip pain
  • Female and male sexual dysfunction
  • Facial treatment to revive sun damage tissue
  • Scars

PRP improves healing and function from damaged skin, fascial, muscle, tendons, ligaments and joints.

What should I expect from a treatment session with Platelet-rich Plasma?

Dr. Stebbing uses ultrasound to guide the needle to the injured tissue. An anesthetic numbs the treatment area and reduces pain or discomfort. After the procedure, it’s normal to experience swelling or pain for a few days.

Depending on your injury, you may have to wear a brace, sling, or crutches to ensure you heal correctly. In many cases, physical therapy is required to achieve a full recovery.

Please call or email Dr Stebbing to determine if you are a candidate for platelet-rich plasma.

For additional information please get a copy of my Book “I Can Sit Again: Non-surgical options for Tailbone Pain”. Further information about platelet-rich plasma are addressed in the book, such as:

What to expect during platelet-rich plasma injections.
What to expect after platelet-rich plasma injections.
What to expect during the evaluation at an orthopedic regenerative medicine physician.

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