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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a groundbreaking regenerative therapy for orthopedic conditions. Dr. Gelber offers PRP injections in Burbank as a part of a holistic plan for optimal recovery. This cutting-edge therapy harnesses the body’s natural healing abilities, using concentrated platelets to accelerate tissue repair and alleviate pain.

What Are PRP Injections?

PRP injections, or platelet-rich plasma injections, are a regenerative medical technique used to treat various orthopedic conditions. This procedure involves drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood and processing it to separate and concentrate platelets, growth factors, and other healing components. The resulting PRP solution is injected directly into the affected area, such as the joints or tendons. PRP promotes tissue repair, reduces inflammation, and can be a non-surgical solution for conditions like osteoarthritis, tendon injuries, and ligament strains.

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Conditions That May Necessitate PRP Injections:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Cartilage damage
  • Other orthopedic conditions

Signs Indicating You May Need PRP Injections:

You may benefit from PRP injections in Burbank if you’ve experienced the following signs/symptoms:

  • Persistent joint pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Tenderness at the injury site
  • Difficulty performing daily activities
  • Recurrent musculoskeletal pain
  • Evidence of tissue damage via MRI or X-ray

How PRP Injections Work

PRP injections work by catalyzing the body’s innate healing mechanisms. PRP therapy involves collecting your blood and processing it to separate the platelets, which are rich in growth factors. When injected into an injured area, such as a damaged tendon or joint, these growth factors initiate a cascade of biological responses. They stimulate cell proliferation, collagen synthesis, and tissue repair, accelerating the body’s natural healing process. Additionally, PRP reduces inflammation and pain, making it an effective treatment for various orthopedic conditions.

Benefits of PRP Injections:

  • Accelerated tissue healing
  • Reduced pain and inflammation
  • Minimal risk of allergic reactions (autologous)
  • Non-surgical treatment option
  • Improved joint function
  • Potential for long-lasting relief
  • Customized treatment using the patient’s own blood
  • Minimal side effects and no downtime
  • Versatile application across orthopedic conditions
  • Promotes natural tissue regeneration
Man working out at the gym after PRP Injections in Burbank.

What Happens During The Treatment

During PRP injections in Burbank, you will have a small amount of blood drawn from your arm, much like a regular blood test. This blood is placed in a centrifuge, which separates the platelets and growth factors from other components.

The concentrated PRP solution is carefully extracted and injected directly into the targeted area, guided by ultrasound or fluoroscopy for precision. The entire procedure is completed in the office and typically takes 30 minutes to an hour.

Man getting prepared for PRP Injections in Burbank.

The Recovery Process After PRP Injections

After PRP injections, you might experience mild discomfort at the injection site, along with possible swelling or bruising. However, these effects are temporary and should subside within a few days. You can resume normal activities immediately, but follow Dr. Gelber’s aftercare guidelines, such as avoiding strenuous workouts for a day or two. Depending on the condition being treated, it may take a few weeks or months to notice significant improvement. Dr. Gelber will also schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress after PRP injections in Burbank.

PRP Injections Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Rest and avoid strenuous activities for a few days.
  • Apply ice to the injection site if necessary.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers, as recommended.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions for post-injection exercises or physical therapy.
  • Attend scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Gelber.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol and tobacco use.
  • Report any unusual or severe side effects to Dr. Gelber.

Only One Component of Your Holistic Plan

PRP injections are just one component of a holistic treatment plan. While they can be highly effective in promoting tissue healing and reducing pain, comprehensive care often involves multiple strategies. Physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, and medications like corticosteroids may complement PRP therapy. Dr. Gelber will tailor a well-rounded approach to address your orthopedic condition, ensuring the best possible outcomes and long-term relief.

PRP Injections FAQs

How long does a PRP injection procedure take?

A PRP injection typically takes about 30 to 45 minutes. This includes the time needed to draw your blood, process it to concentrate the platelets, and administer the injections.

How many PRP injections are typically needed for treatment?

The number of PRP injections needed varies based on the condition being treated. Most patients require one to three injections, spaced several weeks apart, to achieve optimal results.

How soon can I expect to see results after receiving PRP injections?

Results from PRP injections can vary, but many patients start to notice improvements within a few weeks. Full benefits typically appear after a few months as healing progresses.

How are PRP injections different from traditional treatments for injuries or pain?

PRP injections use your own blood to promote healing, unlike traditional treatments that may involve medications or surgery. This natural approach enhances tissue repair and regeneration, potentially leading to quicker recovery with fewer side effects.

Who is a good candidate for PRP injections?

Good candidates for PRP injections include individuals with chronic pain, joint injuries, or soft tissue damage who seek a non-surgical, regenerative treatment option.

Consult Dr. Gelber Today

Dr. Jonathan Gelber, our board-certified orthopedic surgeon, offers compassionate care with a focus on integrative and whole-body wellness. He aims to return you to an active lifestyle using cutting-edge regenerative treatments like stem cell injections and PRP injections in Burbank. If you’re seeking comprehensive orthopedic care, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gelber to explore your options for effective, personalized treatments and regain mobility.

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