If you are an athlete, whether professional or amateur, you probably know a little something about what it takes to get to, and stay at, the top of your game. You probably also know what it feels like to be sidelined by an unexpected injury. And that is where PRP therapy may be right for you. PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a biologic treatment, made from your own naturally occurring body components, and many leading physicians believe it can play a strong healing role in sports medicine.
What is PRP and How Does It Work?
In essence, PRP is a concentrated version of your plasma that contains a large number of blood products including stem cells, clotting factors, albumins, dissolved proteins, alpha and dense granules, fibrinogen, globulins, and hormones. The reason these are important is that they all play active roles in creating what is known as a healing cascade. While the exact nature of how certain factors work has not been completely determined, it has been shown to reduce recovery time and speed the healing process.
PRP is harvested from a small blood sample taken directly from the patient. The blood is then centrifuged and spun down to concentrate the natural ratio of active platelet components. After being treated in the lab, the resulting plasma is then re-injected into targeted body areas. PRP has been used to treat conditions and injuries such as:
- ACL injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Chronic tendon injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Jumper’s knee
- Back and neck injuries
- Acute muscle and ligament injuries, such as those sustained during sports
- Speeding recovery time after surgery
- Treatment of osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis)
- Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis
PRP can be used as a stand-alone treatment or used in conjunction with other therapies and surgical procedures. Depending on the severity of the condition or injury, and the area being treated, PRP therapy may require several treatments to be effective. Additionally, the treatment may cause some soreness and may also take up to a week to reach its full effectiveness.
If you are in the Clinton Township area have any questions about your candidacy for PRP therapy or want to know more about PRP therapy, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Carroll at Movement Orthopedics for the advanced PRP treatments you need. Call us today at (586)436-3785 or request an appointment online.