South Florida Interventional Orthopedics and Spine
Seth Kaufman, D.O.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist located in Davenport, FL & Miami, FL
If you’ve suffered an injury like a sprain or strain, double board-certified Seth Kaufman, DO, of South Florida Interventional Orthopedics and Spine, can help you heal more effectively using PRP. At the practice’s Florida offices in Davenport and Miami, Dr. Kaufman uses safe, natural platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to encourage healing and new tissue growth. Call South Florida Interventional Orthopedics and Spine today or book an appointment online to find out how PRP could help you.
PRP Q & A
What is PRP?
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a treatment Dr. Kaufman uses to reduce pain and help tissues heal. It contains cells that your body uses to repair damaged tissues. These cells come from your blood.
Plasma is the liquid part of blood. It contains platelets and red and white blood cells. When you hurt yourself or a disease damages your body, blood flows to the damaged area. The platelets clot your blood and deliver growth factors. The growth factors work to repair the tissue damage.
How is PRP made?
To make PRP, Dr. Kaufman draws blood from your arm like he would for a blood test. He puts the blood in a small machine called a centrifuge, which spins at very high speeds. The device separates the platelets and plasma from your other blood cells.
Dr. Kaufman puts the concentrated mixture of platelets and plasma into a syringe. He then injects the PRP into your injured tissues.
What conditions can PRP treat?
PRP can treat many disorders and injuries affecting your muscles, cartilage, and connective tissues. These conditions include:
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Rotator cuff tears
- Meniscus tears
- Hip pain
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
PRP is a popular treatment for sports injuries. Many professional athletes use PRP to help them heal quickly and return to the game.
How do I have my PRP treatment?
When you go for your PRP treatment, the first step is the blood draw, as described above. When the PRP is ready, Dr. Kaufman injects it into the damaged area of your body. Numbing cream on your skin keeps any discomfort to a minimum.
Dr. Kaufman uses image guidance technology to ensure that he gets the needle in the right place. This allows him to watch the path the needle takes on a screen in the treatment room. Dr. Kaufman can see when the needle reaches the right place for the PRP injection. He can also avoid damaging the surrounding tissues.
You can leave right after your PRP injection and carry on with your day. You won’t experience an immediate change in your symptoms because healing takes time. But within a few weeks, you should notice a significant difference. If one injection isn’t enough, you can have additional ones.
Call South Florida Interventional Orthopedics and Spine today or book an appointment online to find out how PRP can help you heal and relieve your pain.