Dr. Rik Patel, Regenerative Spine & Sports Medicine Specialist & Body Health Lecturer from RegevityHealth.com, explains how Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can help reduce joint and tendon pain by injecting concentrated blood directly into joints or tendons where the pain is experienced to promote the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP can help speed up the process of recovery whereas injections such as cortisone, only mask the problem.
Platelet-rich plasma includes plasma (liquid portion of blood) and platelets (a type of blood cell that plays a role in healing throughout the body). Platelet-rich plasma contains more platelets than normal. Platelets trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration for healing.
Dr. Patel is a Sports Medicine Physician who has spent the past 11 years as a partner in a private orthopedic practice specializing in interventional Orthopedics and Spine Care. In 2012, he expanded his practice and created a regenerative musculoskeletal service line focusing on platelet rich plasma, bone marrow concentrate injections and shockwave therapy, and enjoys lecturing on these topics at many peer conferences. Outside of direct patient care, he spends time on executive committees focusing on growth strategy, operations and physician leadership.
He continues to pursue endeavors in the health and wellness space, opening the first OsteoStrong center in NJ and has developed interest in health optimization, biohacking and longevity. He currently consults and serves as an advisor for health start-ups with continued special interest in physician entrepreneurs.
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