Benefits of PRP Therapy
Elite athletes are known for using PRP Therapy to recover from injuries more quickly. It’s now more widely utilized to help a broader range of people experience faster healing.
What is PRP Therapy?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, which is derived from a solid component of your blood. It helps your blood clot and also contains many proteins that support cell growth.
PRP Therapy utilizes your own blood. The platelets are isolated, and their concentration is increased before they’re combined with the remaining blood and injected into your tissues.
Who Uses PRP Therapy?
This therapy is effective for treating many types of injuries and may have other applications as well. Since growth factors are more concentrated in the PRP preparation, it may be able to help the body’s tissues heal faster.
Professional athletes have used PRP Therapy, and it can also be used to help others who are recovering from an injury. PRP Therapy has been used to treat the following conditions:
These bands of tissue connect muscle to bone, and when they’re injured, they usually heal slowly; tendon injuries such as tennis elbow have been treated with PRP Therapy
These can include pulled hamstrings or knee sprains
PRP Therapy has been used post-surgery to help repair a torn tendon such as a rotator cuff or ligaments such as an ACL
This treatment has been used in the knees of people with osteoarthritis.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
The concentrated mix of plasma cells and platelets, along with some local anesthetic is injected into the injured tissue. It speeds healing by supporting the injured tissues to rapidly create new collagen and blood vessels. The therapy is also used to reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness while improving function.
What Are the Benefits of PRP Therapy?
PRP Therapy provides the following advantages:
- Provides pain relief, decreased inflammation, & improved mobility
- Healing & symptom relief continues for up to 6 months
- Can result in decreased downtime
- Utilizes your own blood
What is the Recovery Process from PRP Therapy?
PRP injections can be minimally painful but may create an increased pain level for a few days as your body starts to respond to the therapy. In some cases, a sling or brace may need to be worn for a brief time, and you may also need to take acetaminophen and apply ice.
Your body will work to heal itself, and you’ll need to minimize physical activity for about two weeks. After this period of time, you can start physical therapy.
To find out more about PRP therapy and its benefits, make an appointment today with Dr. M. Tyrrell Burrus.