Using your body’s natural healing abilities, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) shortens the time it takes for tendons, ligaments, and muscle injuries to mend. PRP is frequently used to treat joint pain or a tear brought on by a recent athletic accident.
This technique is carried out in an outpatient setting and is reasonably straightforward and minimally invasive.
Common Conditions PRP (platelet-rich plasma) Treats:
- tendons and ligaments torn
- Muscle damage
- Golfer’s elbow
- Tennis elbow
- Achilles problems
- Lateral Epicondylitis of the Plantar Fascia
- Hamstring tendinopathy Patellar tendinitis Medial Collateral LIG
- Rotator cuff tears in part
Who PRP stands to gain?
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) has been used by both professional and amateur athletes, as well as people who have sustained muscle injuries or have joint pain. Watch the video to see how we assisted David in returning to the golf field after he visited us with minor ankle pain.
How Does PRP Function?
Blood is composed of a variety of components. Water, salts, and proteins make up the liquid portion of the body (plasma). Plasma makes up more than 50% of your blood. Red blood cells (oxygen transporters), white blood cells (infection fighters and immune system), and platelets make up the solid portion of your blood (which help blood clot when you get a cut).
The component of your blood well recognized for clotting is called platelet-rich plasma. Additionally, they contain countless amazing proteins known as growth factors. The healing process depends on these proteins. The liquid or component of your blood called plasma is where the platelets are suspended.
Your blood is processed to create a dose that is concentrated in these regenerative proteins and plasma using a vial of your blood. Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is the name for this concentrated dose. In other words, we send your body’s mending proteins to the specific place that needs them.
How does the process PRP work?
An outpatient procedure, PRP. We start by taking 15 to 30 cc of your blood and putting it in a centrifuge. 3,500 revolutions per minute are used to spin the blood in this device, which then separates the plasma from the red and white blood cells. The plasma that results has a 4–10 times higher platelet content than usual. This resulting platelet-rich plasma concentration (PRP) can be taken and readied for injection. A specially trained radiologist will administer the PRP using ultrasound guidance to make sure it is injected into the precise area that needs to be treated.
Radiologists that specialize in the musculoskeletal system have extensive training in the soft tissues and joints that make up the human body. They are the perfect professionals to give PRP because of this.
After your Platelet Rich Plasma Injection:
You can anticipate that the area will feel bloated and moderately uncomfortable following your Platelet Rich Plasma injection post-procedure, frequently described as a dull ache. This is a promising sign if the injection is effective.
Injection site inflammation will also develop. This is because the swelling occurs when an injury has occurred on your body to initiate the body’s normal healing process.
The converse is true for steroid platelet-rich plasma injections and anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. Although these techniques speed up pain relief, they slow down the healing process.