Platelets are tiny fragments of blood cells that circulate in our bodies and help prevent bleeding after an injury. They also play a role in healing wounds and repairing bone damage. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy uses platelets from your own blood to stimulate new collagen production at the site of injury or surgery. The result is an improved tissue repair response and faster recovery time.
PRP has become very popular over the last decade because it helps accelerate the body’s healing process and reduce scarring. It is often used for sports injuries, arthritis, tendonitis, torn ligaments, broken bones, and more.
How Does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Work?
When you get injured or have surgery, your body produces platelets which form blood clots to stop any bleeding. These platelets adhere to damaged tissues and create “scaffolding” that encourages other cells to grow into the area. However, this process doesn’t happen as quickly as needed.
PRP therapies use your own platelets and white blood cells that have been separated out and concentrated into a small volume. Your doctor then re-injects these concentrated platelets back into the affected area. PRP Therapy works by delivering concentrated amounts of platelets to specific areas of the body, encouraging them to promote tissue growth and repair. The injected platelets produce proteins (growth factors) that trigger cell division, stimulate the formation of new connective tissue, and aid in wound healing. This is why platelet-rich plasma therapy is such a great option for athletes who want to heal fast, recover better, and perform at their best!
PRP can be done through injections directly into the wound or using needles to inject into areas such as tendons, muscles, cartilage, and joints.
What conditions does PRP help treat?
PRP is most effective when applied to sites with chronic inflammation, poor healing, and/or pain. These conditions include:
- Arthritis – Arthritic joints may not respond well to traditional treatments like anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and steroid shots. PRP can help relieve joint pain and slow down the progression of arthritis.
- Cartilage Repair – Cartilage tears are common among active people. PRP can help restore cartilage function and increase its durability.
- Tendon Injury – Tendons are tough bands of fibrous tissue that attach muscle to bone. When they tear, they can cause significant pain and loss of motion. PRP can help chronic tendon injuries by strengthening and rebuilding damaged tendons.
- Sports Injuries – Athletes often suffer from repetitive stress injuries such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, ACL/MCL sprains, and shin splints. PRP can help speed up recovery times and limit potential long-term effects.
- Wound Healing – Wounds take longer than normal to heal and sometimes lead to complications like infection. PRP can help treat chronic ulcers by helping the skin absorb nutrients more effectively and promoting the formation of stronger new tissue.
While PRP can help with many different types of injuries, it is most commonly used to treat sports-related injuries, including knee, shoulder, ankle, wrist, and elbow issues. In addition to treating sports injuries, PRP has also shown positive results in treating non-sports-related musculoskeletal problems, including osteoarthritis and low back pain.
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The Benefits Of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelets contain multiple growth factors that encourage stem cells to grow and multiply. They also secrete enzymes that break down scar tissue and remove dead tissue allowing new healthy tissue to form.
PRP can help with various kinds of injuries. If you are looking for an alternative treatment method for muscle injuries, a broken bone, or even just an old injury that doesn’t seem to get any better, then Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is the way to go.
The clinical studies on Platelet Rich Plasma show remarkable improvements in pain intensity and quality of movement following PRP injection. Studies have found that patients with chronic shoulder pain experienced significant reductions in pain and improved functional outcomes following PRP therapy. Patients who received multiple PRP injections up to four times experienced long-term relief from knee osteoarthritis.
Who is a Good Candidate For PRP Injections?
Anyone who would benefit from PRP should consult with a physician before receiving treatment. PRP is a very effective therapy when used correctly, but there are some precautions you need to know about before going through with a procedure.
Medical practitioners may conduct tests on patients before they administer PRP treatment to ensure that the body can tolerate and benefit from this procedure. For example, a blood test might be performed to ensure that patients do not have anemia or other conditions that could harm their bodies during the procedure. The practitioner may also test the patient’s immune system since this could determine how well their body will respond to PRP injections.
Find Out if Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is Right For You!
Oakbrook Medical Group offers Platelet Rich Plasma procedures to help patients recover from both acute and chronic injuries. Our physicians use PRP to promote healing and decrease inflammation caused by joint arthritis, torn tendon, bursitis, knee sprains, and sports injuries.
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