PRP Specialist

Center for Health: Christian Reichardt, DC

Integrative Medicine & Chiropractor located in Santa Monica, CA & Yucca Valley, CA

Research shows that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can be a very effective regenerative medicine technique for problems like ligament and tendon damage. With PRP therapy at Center for Health in Santa Monica and Yucca Valley, California, a medical care provider can use about two ounces of your own blood to help you heal naturally. Schedule an appointment online or call the location closest to you to learn more about how PRP therapy can help you heal.

PRP Q & A

What is PRP?

PRP comes from your blood. Your blood is primarily composed of:

  • Liquid plasma
  • Red blood cells
  • White blood cells
  • Platelets

Your platelets are full of proteins known as growth factors, and those growth factors play a key role in healing and recovery after an injury. Although your body's natural growth factors will eventually heal an injury naturally, you can speed the process up by placing a large amount of the growth factors directly at the site of the injury. This is known as PRP therapy.

How does PRP therapy work?

PRP therapy starts with a blood sample. Your Center for Health medical care provider withdraws about two ounces of blood from your arm and then places that blood sample in a centrifuge. A centrifuge is a specialized machine that spins the blood very rapidly to divide it into layers.

After centrifuge, your care provider disposes of the unneeded blood and draws the concentrated platelets into a syringe. This platelet concentration can contain 5-10 times more healing platelets than normal.

Your medical care professional carefully injects the PRP into the area where you need it, for example, the Achilles tendon or the plantar fascia. The PRP can then go to work repairing your damaged tissue and helping you heal quickly. Depending on your specific injury or pain, you may need a series of PRP therapy treatments for maximum pain relief and healing.

Will I need any recovery time after PRP therapy?

No. PRP therapy requires no recovery time at all. There are no incisions, and the injections are typically performed with a very small needle so most patients tolerate them very well. To enjoy the best possible recovery from your injury, it's important to follow the rehabilitation plan that you and your medical care team design together.

How do other treatments work with PRP therapy?

Chiropractic care techniques like spinal adjustments may help relieve your pain to keep you comfortable as the PRP therapy helps your damaged tissue heal. Additionally, you may benefit from physical therapy. Physical therapy can help you strengthen your support muscles while you learn improved form to help prevent reinjury.

Schedule an appointment online or call the Center for Health location nearest to you for your PRP therapy appointment now.