Utilizing the body’s natural healing process, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a concentration of platelets that are injected into the damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing. PRP therapy may be performed alone or in conjunction with other therapies as the latest interventions to help promote pain relief and strengthening of your bodies natural tissues. PRP’s beneficial effects range from alleviating inflammation to repairing joint tissue.
How Does It Work?
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Platelets, which are a part of the blood (along with red blood cells and white blood cells), are key to the body’s healing process. Platelet rich plasma is a high concentration of platelets and plasma. The PRP injection process starts with drawing blood, then centrifuging the blood, collecting the platelets, and then injecting the PRP into the desired area.
PRP has many applications, from hair growth to repairing tissue damage. Most commonly, injections are used to heal injured or torn tendons, ligament tears, muscle injuries, and other soft tissue injuries. Common sports injuries like tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, and plantar fasciitis can be treated with PRP therapy to aid in tissue healing and pain management. PRP allows your body to heal naturally so you can get back to doing the things you love and staying healthy.
So if you suffer from patellofemoral pain, knee osteoarthritis, history of broken bones, chronic tendon pain due to tendon injuries, or several other conditions platelet rich plasma injections may be an option for you. Recovery time is minimal and the procedure is minimally invasive. Doctors may suggest using platelet rich plasma therapy in tandem with stem cell therapy or physical therapy depending on the severity of the damage and multiple other factors.
If you have questions about PRP treatments, the effectiveness of PRP for you, PRP costs, or other treatment options for soft tissue injuries, give our office a call to schedule an appointment.