Interventional Orthopedics of Washington
Otoño Silva, MD
Physiatrist specializing in Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine located in Bellevue, WA
Whether you’ve torn a ligament or tendon or suffer from chronic pain, the last thing you need is a lifetime of disability, medication, and surgery. Heal your underlying injury and restore mobility with the power of your own growth factors through platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy at Interventional Orthopedics of Washington in Bellevue, Washington. Founder Otoño Silva, MD, an expert in regenerative medicine, resolves the underlying issues that cause pain and dysfunction with on-site PRP treatments. Contact Interventional Orthopedics of Washington for a consultation by phone or using the online form.
PRP Q & A
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma is a groundbreaking, evidence-based regenerative treatment that harnesses the healing powers of your own blood to repair injuries and promote health. Top athletes have used PRP for almost a decade to accelerate healing after an injury. Dr. Silva recommends PRP to improve or repair:
- Chronic pain
- Acute pain
- Joint injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Nerve pain
- Bone injuries
You can also use PRP as anti-aging medicine to treat hair and skin.
How does PRP work?
Your blood is a mixture of liquid (plasma), red and white blood cells, and coagulants called platelets. When you’re wounded, platelets rush to the site of injury to clot broken blood vessels and to provide essential growth factors to start the healing process.
PRP contains about 30 different growth factors derived from your blood. PRP can be concentrated to various levels far beyond the baseline levels found in whole blood.
When Dr. Silva injects the PRP directly into the site of your injury, the growth factors accelerate your body’s natural healing processes. PRP injections help stimulate your cells to heal and rebuild tissues.
As your tissue heals, it grows stronger, tighter, and healthier.
How do you create PRP?
Dr. Silva first withdraws blood from your arm. He then places the blood in a centrifuge, which separates out the healing platelets from other components. He mixes a small amount of plasma back into the super concentrated platelet mix to create a serum that he injects into your injured tissues.
What benefits can I expect from PRP?
Because PRP is a regenerative therapy, it doesn’t just mask pain or subdue symptoms. It actually heals the underlying injury or condition that causes your dysfunction. After a series of PRP treatments, you can expect:
- Joint degeneration to stop or reverse
- Relief from acute and chronic pain
- Improved mobility
- More stability
- Faster healing
- Stronger nerves
- Less inflammation
Dr. Silva can in some instances recommend PRP treatments in lieu of surgery or steroid injections. Because PRP is stimulating the immune system, you may experience some temporary inflammation, pain, and swelling at the injection site.
To find out if your chronic or acute pain can be healed with PRP, contact Interventional Orthopedics of Washington by phone or email form today.