Here at Orthopedic Specialists of Oakland County (OSOC), we are committed to offering all of the latest and cutting edge therapies for the treatment of painful bones, joints, and tendons. The doctors in our practice are excited to announce that they are offering platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections to treat tendinitis of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle.
This innovative treatment option is also used as an alternative to surgery for arthritis of these joints. These nonsteroidal injections are sweeping the nation as a new way to treat a wide variety of orthopedic conditions.
Platelets are cells in our blood which carry factors that signal surrounding tissue to regenerate. Platelet rich plasma injections are procedures done in our office. They consist of drawing blood and preparing it to remove these special cells that are then injected back into the desired area. This can lead to a natural healing of the patient's painful structures. There is no risk of rejection of the product since it is prepared from the patient's own blood. The injection is often done under ultrasound guidance to ensure proper location of the product. The whole process takes about a half hour and the doctors block off special time dedicated to it.
Our doctors are always searching for the best ways to treat painful extremities. Many professional athletes attest to the merits of PRP injection to augment their active lifestyles. Simple internet searches will lead to countless stories told by doctors, athletes, and elderly arthritic patients raving about the natural healing properties and clinical improvements after PRP injections. If you have tried some of the more traditional treatment options and are not ready for surgery, ask one of our doctors about this new and exciting procedure done here at OSOC.