What Injuries Can Be Treated With PRP?
Below is a list of common injuries that can be treated with PRP:
Rotator cuff pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Sacroiliac joint pain
Facet joint syndrome
Meniscus and ligament tears
What Is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is plasma with a higher concentration of platelets — between 5 to 10 times greater — than what is commonly found in blood, used to stimulate faster recovery. Platelets are the components of your blood that aid in clotting and healing. They contain hundreds of different growth factors that help your body repair injuries. Without platelets, a simple paper cut would be life-threatening. There’s an evolutionary aspect to platelets that have kept us alive for thousands of years. Plasma is the liquid substance that transports the components of your blood. Platelet-rich plasma can be used to heal injuries in virtually any region of the body since blood is everywhere.
How Does PRP Work?
Your blood is made up of four components: Red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Platelets contain hundreds of growth factors that aid in the healing process any time you’re injured. Plasma is what makes your blood liquid. The concept behind platelet-rich plasma therapy is to concentrate your platelets to a greater amount than what would naturally occur in your blood, then inject the solution back into your injured body part. To concentrate the platelets, we extract a small amount of blood and spin it in a special centrifuge. This concentration is between 3 and 5 times what would naturally occur in the body. Numerous studies have found PRP Therapy to be extremely effective in healing long-term, chronic injuries that haven’t responded to various other treatments.
What Is The Recovery Process Like?
The procedure is an in-office procedure and takes 30 minutes. It’s comparable to getting blood drawn. You will be able to go back to work the same day.
Is PRP Right For Me?
If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. The procedure is less aggressive and less expensive than surgery. It will heal tissue with minimal or no scarring and alleviate further degeneration of tissue. It’s important to fix the underlying issue as opposed to relying on temporary treatments. There will be an initial evaluation with your doctor to see if PRP therapy is right for you.
Before deciding to get surgery, you should exhaust all other options and make sure no other treatments can help heal your injury. The downtime, long recovery, anesthesia and risk of complications should make surgery a last resort for everyone. Many professional athletes have used PRP to avoid season-ending surgeries, and we tell our patients that they can too. With PRP, a concentrated amount of platelets actually stimulate healing faster than your body would on its own.
Side Effect Free
Treatment options like surgery and medication come with a host of side effects including weight gain, allergic reactions, spike in blood sugar and other complications. With PRP there is no chance of side effects. The procedure is as simple as getting blood drawn, and there are zero risks.