Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Allen Deutsch, M.D., is on the cutting-edge of biologics research, including platelet-rich plasma therapy for sports injuries. He offers PRP and other regenerative medicine treatments at his practice in Bellaire, Texas. If you’re looking for a regenerative medicine specialist in the Houston area with comprehensive experience, call or book an appointment online.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary form of regenerative medicine that uses elements of your own blood to help your body heal itself. With PRP therapy, you can overcome injuries that might otherwise require surgery.
You may be familiar with PRP due to its recent popularity in treating famous athletes such as Andre Johnson and Tiger Woods. Dr. Deutsch uses PRP to produce a wide range of orthopedic benefits, including:
PRP contains a high concentration of platelets. In addition to helping clot your blood, platelets contain growth factors that promote tissue repair and regeneration. When Dr. Deutsch injects PRP into an injury site, the growth factors stimulate blood flow and accelerate healing.
As with other forms of regenerative medicine, PRP could potentially reduce the need for surgery and medications.
Unlike surgery and medications, which carry some risk of negative side effects and complications, PRP is generally safe. Since PRP comes from your own blood, the risk of adverse side effects is minimal.
Dr. Deutsch uses PRP to treat a broad range of sports injuries. Some of the most common injuries he successfully treats with PRP therapy include:
Dr. Deutsch performs a comprehensive exam to make sure PRP therapy is right for you. If you have a sports injury that doesn’t improve with conservative treatments and might otherwise need surgery, Dr. Deutsch may recommend PRP.
Dr. Deutsch is actively involved in research on biologics, including growth factor therapy, like PRP and other cell therapy. His expertise in the growing field of regenerative medicine ensures you receive the best possible treatment for your condition.
To isolate the platelet-rich plasma, PRP, Dr. Deutsch takes a small amount of blood from your arm and processes it in a centrifuge. Then, he re-injects the PRP into your injury site. Depending on the type and location of your injury, Dr. Deutsch may also use dynamic ultrasound or fluoroscopy to guide the PRP injection more accurately.
The entire process takes about an hour and doesn’t require downtime for recovery. Many patients notice improvement within a few days after PRP therapy.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for PRP, call the office of Dr. Allen Deutsch or schedule an appointment online.