Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a form of regenerative therapy that helps in managing pain in the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other injuries. The injection makes use of the body’s own healing properties for treating pain and injuries.
Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, provides orthopedic surgery as well as non-surgical treatments to patients in Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding locations.
PRP Therapy Helps Manage Hip Pain
Platelets are found in the blood along with red and white blood cells. They are usually responsible for stopping blood by forming clots when you get a cut. Plasma contains proteins and growth factors which have healing properties. This is the liquid part of the blood, which is mostly made of water. PRP contains a significantly higher concentration of platelets as compared to normal blood.
An experienced doctor will want to exhaust all non-surgical options before managing hip pain with a surgical procedure. PRP is increasingly being used by physicians for treating hip pain. The therapy can restore a range of motion and functionality.
Expectations from a Platelet-Rich (PRP) Injection for the Hip
Before the PRP injection appointment, your doctor will provide you with pre-treatment injections. This includes stopping any steroids, NSAID, and anti-coagulant medications. You should also drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the appointment.
The healthcare staff will draw a vial of blood from the arm. This is usually two ounces. They will run the blood through a centrifuge for approximately 5 minutes to separate the plasma from the blood. Once the team has platelet rich plasma, they will use an ultrasound for finding the exact injection location.
The goal is to inject the injured part of the hip with PRP infusion. The entire process should not take more than 45 – 90 minutes. You may experience mild soreness in the hip following the procedure. You should make use of a cold compress for easing the pain. The doctor may provide you with crutches to keep weight off the hip while you recover.
PRP treatment may be prescribed by the doctor once a week for 3 weeks. If required, the injections may be administered 6 weeks apart for managing hip injury and pain.
Common Hip Conditions Treated with PRP Injections
As per a study conducted by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, PRP therapy for hip injuries and pain provides an effective and durable treatment option. It is primarily effective in treating pain caused by hip bursitis. This is a common yet difficult to treat hip condition.
Platelet rich plasma injections are helpful in treating different types of hip conditions, including pain in the muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage of the hips. The therapy is useful in people suffering from hip pain because of a degenerative condition as well. These are a few common conditions treated using PRP injections:
- Bone injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Hip osteoarthritis
- Muscle injuries
Benefits Of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Hip Injuries
These are some of the proven benefits of PRP injections for hip pain:
- Long lasting
- Minimal downtime
- Minimal risk of complications
Board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan receives patients from Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for orthopedic surgery as well as non-surgical treatments.
Contact the Southern California Hip Institute
Dr. Tigran Garabekyan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip preservation. To learn more about Southern California Hip Institute or to schedule a consultation, click here to contact us or call:
Century City / Los Angeles: 310.595.1030
Serving patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Century City, West Hollywood, North Hollywood Encino, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Burbank, Glendale and other neighboring cities in the greater Los Angeles, California area.
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