PRP Specialist

Silicon Valley Orthopaedics

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons located in Fremont, CA

Your body has everything it needs to heal injured and damaged tissue, but sometimes it needs a little help. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment that uses your body’s own healing properties to stimulate or accelerate the repair process. At Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in Fremont, California, Nic Gay, MD, and Masi Reynolds, MD, offer PRP treatments. Call the office closest to you or schedule an appointment online today.


What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a blood product created from a sample of your own blood that has a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are tiny cells you may know best for their ability to stop cuts from bleeding.

However, platelets do more than clot blood. These tiny cells also contain hundreds of growth factors that play an essential role in your body’s healing process.

To make PRP, your provider at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics takes a sample of blood from your arm and spins it through a high-powered centrifuge. This centrifuge separates the tiny platelets from the other components in your blood — white and red blood cells. 

Your provider adds the platelets to your plasma (the liquid portion of your blood), creating a blood product with a higher concentration of platelets and growth factors. 

How does PRP work?

Though researchers are still investigating how PRP works, it’s theorized that PRP stimulates or speeds up the healing process.

Injured and damaged tissue requires a healthy supply of blood to heal. Delayed healing may occur if there’s poor circulation to the area.

With PRP, the Silicon Valley Orthopaedics team injects the healing properties directly into the injured or damaged tissue. 

Am I a candidate for PRP?

Schedule a consultation at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics to see if you're a candidate for PRP. The team provides care that focuses on preserving your natural joint structure and function. 

Some of the conditions that may benefit from PRP injections include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Strains and sprains
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries in the knee

The team may also suggest PRP injections following surgery to support healing and recovery. 

What happens during PRP?

The team at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics takes an individualized approach to care and customizes your PRP treatment based on your diagnosis. They review the details of your treatment at your consultation, including how to prepare and what to expect.

PRP activates your body’s inflammatory process for healing and the team may request you stop taking anti-inflammatory medication prior to your PRP so you get the best results.

First, your provider takes a sample of blood to create your PRP. Then, they inject the healing properties directly into your injured or damaged tissue. 

There’s no downtime following your PRP treatments and you can resume your usual activities after. The team schedules follow-up appointments to monitor your response to the injections, repeating your PRP treatments as needed. 

To find out how PRP can benefit you, call Silicon Valley Orthopaedics or schedule a consultation online today.