The use of platelet-rich plasma as a regenerative treatment is a truly state-of-the art method of helping the body heal from a variety of injuries. After any injury to joints, tendons or muscles, it’s no fun to suffer through a lengthy recovery time. Also, when that injury is suffered in one’s later years, there’s always the concern that pain or limited movement could become chronic. One thing we definitely don’t need in our later years is problems with joints, ligaments, tendons or muscles that might inhibit our mobility.
The administration of platelet-rich plasma offers each of our patients an excellent way to enhance and speed up healing and to improve the chance that healing will be complete.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelets are the smallest type of blood cells and are actually shaped somewhat like dinner plates. When an injury is suffered, the body releases a chemical that alerts and activates the protective and healing processes of the body. When platelets receive this signal, they activate into healing cells. The more healthy platelets in an area of injury, the better the healing process for that injury.
To produce plasma that is particularly rich with platelets, the different components of a patient’s blood are separated. The component that is richest with platelets is returned to an area of the patient’s body that needs help to heal. This concentration of cells whose primary task is healing is just what the body needs to alleviate pain and return joints, muscles and other tissues to normal again.
PRP has such a healing effect because of the presence of many growth factors that are vital for the repair of cells and helpful in calming inflammation.
How is It Administered?
PRP is injected directly into an injured area, such as injuries to shoulders, knees, elbows or hips. They can also be injected into tendons and ligaments. PRP has been utilized by many world-class athletes to speed their healing and get them back onto the field, court or track. In many cases, healing is accelerated so much that it’s possible to return to a pain-free life in four to six weeks.
Now, you don’t have to look forward to months of downing opioid painkillers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Learn more about this method of recovery from injury that can return pain-free mobility to you in just weeks. Call us to learn what benefits are available to you from treatment with platelet-rich plasma.