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PRP Therapy Specialist

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic -  - Rheumatologist

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic

Rheumatologists located in Tyler, TX

The medical community is increasingly turning to platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, therapy to help your body successfully regenerate and heal faster, providing an excellent solution for joint repair. Rheumatologist Dr. William Brelsford of Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic in Tyler, Texas, offers the latest PRP treatments, which tap your body’s resources to help you regain healthy joints, muscles, and ligaments. To find out more about PRP therapy, call or go online to make an appointment today.

PRP Therapy Q & A

What is PRP therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, therapy is a unique treatment that uses your body’s natural resources to stimulate a healing response in your body. Here’s how PRP works:

  • Dr. Brelsford draws a small amount of blood from your body
  • Dr. Brelsford places your blood into a centrifuge that separates out the platelets
  • Dr. Brelsford mixes the platelet concentrate back into your plasma
  • Dr. Brelsford injects the platelet concentrate into the targeted area

The reason platelets are effective in promoting healing is that they contain hundreds of proteins, or growth factors, which, when released, stimulate collagen production.

How does PRP help in joint repair?

PRP therapy is a relatively new therapy for joint repair, and while there’s still much to be learned about how PRP works, orthopedic doctors have found that PRP works toward the following:

  • Preventing inflammation
  • Slowing down arthritis
  • Increasing new cartilage production
  • Promoting production of joint lubricants

Dr. Brelsford uses PRP therapy in conjunction with the BioBurst allograft procedure, which is tissue surgically implanted from another person into your body to repair your joint.

The allograft procedure is used widely and is a very successful treatment for joints that are beyond your body’s natural ability to repair. By combining PRP therapy with allografts, your body more readily accepts the new tissue and heals faster.

What can PRP help treat?

Because PRP’s main role is to promote healing, Dr. Brelsford turns to PRP to augment traditional treatments in many areas, such as:

  • Muscle injuries
  • Ligament injuries
  • Tendon injuries  
  • Osteoarthritis

PRP addresses a wide array of soft tissue problems by signaling your body to increase its healing response. Dr. Brelsford has had great success treating major joints, such as knees, by adding this powerful tool to his overall treatment protocol.

To find out more about how PRP works to promote healing, call or go online to book an appointment at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic.