PRP therapy has been at the forefront of non surgical techniques that can promote healing from all types of injuries but in particular sport related injuries.
All athletes and people who suffer from injuries popular among athletes such as sprained muscles and sprained ligaments can benefit from PRP therapy, It promotes faster healing of injuries. The process involves the extraction of blood and then the platelets from the affected patient and injecting them into the injured area. The platelets are rich in several growth factors. The treatment takes advantage of the body’s own natural ability to heal itself with its own healing elements in a concentrated formula and injecting them at the site of the injury to encourage the growth of new cells.
The Platelet Rich Plasma therapy represents the latest advances in cutting edge treatments for sport injuries. Blood is drawn from the patient and fed into a centrifuge where its components are separated. The good stuff that is needed to promote healing and recovery is removed and all the factors that facilitate a quick and speedy recovery. It is an outpatient procedure that can be performed in your doctor’s office and takes as little as 15 – 20 minutes. Some doctors indicate it is highly effective in cutting the recovery time in half for injuries such as tendonitis, muscle tears, ligament strains, rotator cuff injuries, hamstring tears, Achilles tendon injuries and mild and even moderate arthritis.
This is welcome news for a whole host of athletes, including baseball and football players who suffer from persistent injuries due the added strain and pressure their bodies endure, and the swelling pain and weakness that goes with it. The treatment is all natural with minimum risk or side effects associated with it. Our bodies have the ability to heal itself the treatment is simply a way of taking advantage of this and patients can recover and resume normal activities in a fraction of the time.
The only side effect associated with the treatment is pain or soreness around the injection site, which usually goes away on its own or with over the counter pain medication.
Traditional treatments such as Cortisone was used to treat injuries and reduce pain. It worked in the short term, but has been shown to have several negative side effects in the long term. PRP therapy has proven to be beneficial in promoting healing in the short term and long term with minimum of effects.
The treatment is not for everyone can be beneficial to patients who are not seeing optimal results from traditional treatment methods or whose therapy does not seem to be progressing. Persistent knee injuries, and strained muscles that are not getting better or injuries that require multiple surgeries to correct. Some patients may require more than one injection, as many as four injections spread out over several weeks. The treatment is still relatively new and so doctors are still finding out the best ways to get the best results from the therapy.