When it comes to soft tissue problems, there are a lot of therapies that can help greatly with the pain and discomfort, but few provide the long-lasting results of regenerative medicine. To rebuild your beleaguered joints and soft tissue for long-term health, Mathew Lefkowitz, MD, turns to the human body’s own incredible regenerative resources — platelets — to help restore pain-free movement to his patients in Brooklyn Heights, New York. To find out more about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, please call us.
Your blood contains four ingredients:
While your platelets are largely responsible for clotting in your blood, they also contain hundreds of proteins, or growth factors, that aid in healing.
To tap this resource and redirect it to where you need it most, Dr. Lefkowitz offers an innovative therapy to help you heal better and strengthen soft tissue: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
To start, Dr. Lefkowitz draws a very small amount of your own blood — about 30 to 60 milliliters. He then takes your blood and places it into a centrifuge to isolate your platelets. Once isolated, he mixes the concentrate back in with your plasma and injects the solution into the soft tissue that’s giving you problems.
With a fresh supply of proteins and growth factors in your injured area, your body responds in kind, sending in more healing resources. This cumulative effect helps your body repair and rebuild injured or damaged soft tissue far more quickly than it would have done otherwise.
Orthopedists around the world turn to PRP injections to help their active patients heal more quickly after surgery, using the injections at the same as they perform their surgery. Dr. Lefkowitz’s goal is to avoid surgery wherever possible and redirect your body’s resources to strengthen and heal the damage from the inside out.
Dr. Lefkowitz turns to PRP injections for a host of conditions, including:
Anytime your pain stems from a problem in your soft tissue, regenerative medicine like PRP injections can play a significant role in alleviating the discomfort, delivering long-term results by way of healthier tissue.
After Dr. Lefkowitz injects the PRP, your body needs some time to get to work to rebuild and regenerate. PRP tackles the inflammation that’s causing your pain and then sets about rebuilding the tissue. Over the course of two to three weeks, you should start to notice some improvement.
After a few weeks, you return to Dr. Lefkowitz for a follow-up and he’ll determine whether you should undergo another round of PRP injections. Depending upon the extent of the tissue damage, it may take one to three courses of PRP injections to obtain optimal results.
To learn more, call Mathew Lefkowitz, MD, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.