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PRP Specialist

The Center for Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative & Pain Medicine located in Mount Pleasant, SC

If you regularly experience musculoskeletal pain, or you suffer a sports-related injury, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy provides a safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment option. At The Center for Regenerative Medicine in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Jeffrey Farricielli, MD, ABPMR, offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy onsite as an outpatient procedure. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative team today.

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What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a type of regenerative medicine that uses high concentrations of platelets to encourage your body’s natural healing process. Though blood is mainly fluid, it also contains microscopic components, including platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells.

Blood platelets include hundreds of growth factors, allowing for the production of new, healthy cells and tissue. When platelets encounter injured or damaged tissue, they release growth factors to encourage healing and regeneration.

What conditions can platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treat?

At The Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Farricielli uses platelet-rich plasma to treat a variety of common musculoskeletal problems, including:

  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Fractures
  • Tendon and ligament injuries

You might also benefit from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) if you experience an automobile accident or work-related injury. 

How does platelet-rich plasma (PRP) work?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a quick, outpatient procedure conducted in-office. Before administering treatment, Dr. Farricielli draws a sample of your blood and places it into a centrifuge.

The centrifuge spins around rapidly, separating your platelets (growth factors) from the rest of your blood. Once the centrifuge finishes, Dr. Farricielli transfers your blood to a syringe and administers a series of injections to an area of chronic injury or damage, such as a swollen knee, ruptured tendon, or painful vertebrae.

The PRP solution contains healing cytokines that encourage circulation, limit swelling, and speed up the recovery process. At The Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Farricielli uses PRP without white blood cells (WBCs). This is because WBCs may interfere with healing and trigger the production of scar tissue. 

After administering the injections, Dr. Farricielli cleans the injection site and sends you home with a list of recovery instructions. 

How long does it take for platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to work?

The length of time that it takes for platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to work depends on the severity of your injury and the number of injections you receive. Some people experience immediate relief, but this is rare. 

Platelet-rich plasma spurs your body’s healing process, but this takes time. New cells and tissue regenerate over a period of weeks or months. Be patient, follow Dr. Farricielli’s recovery instructions, and attend all follow-up appointments. You should notice a significant improvement in your symptoms within three to four weeks.

To learn more about the benefits of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), schedule an appointment at The Center for Regenerative Medicine. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative team today.