Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is replacing surgery, medications, and physical therapy for some chronic health issues. The procedure, which is still somewhat experimental, is proving effective for patients who suffer from painful orthopedic conditions – especially knee pain.
Patients who undergo PRP therapy often recover more quickly than those who submit to more traditional methods of treating injuries. PRP is gaining momentum and popularity with many professional and amateur athletes who have benefited from the procedure.
The following information will assist in determining whether you may be a good candidate for PRP therapy.
What Is PRP Therapy?
Blood is made up of platelets, plasma, white cells, and red cells. Platelets are what form scabs on a cut on your skin – they comprise proteins that are essential to the healing processes in the body. These proteins also have growth factors.
Platelet-rich plasma is taken from the patient’s own blood sample. Blood is drawn, and the doctor then processes that blood sample in a centrifuge into a dense concentration of platelets. This concentration is then injected into the injured area to promote healing.
How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Work?
The objective is that the healing and growth factors in the PRP therapy will positively affect the joint that is experiencing pain or requires healing. Platelet-rich plasma is effective for healing painful injuries, such as those affecting the knee, Achilles tendon, rotator cuff, elbow, and more.
PRP therapy may provide enough relief to the patient in order to delay or avoid surgery altogether. It requires a bit of patience, as it may be several weeks for healing to begin and for the patient to notice positive effects from the injection.
Though PRP is generally employed for patients who want to avoid surgery, it can also be beneficial to patients who are recuperating from surgery. PRP therapy has been reported to help increase healing and lessen pain during recovery.
Is PRP Therapy Effective?
The jury is still out on PRP therapy because every patient has such different results – there has not been much consistency. Many research studies are being conducted on this therapy, but the results on effectiveness are varied.
A number of factors affect these results. The type of injury that’s being treated, the area of the body being injected with PRP, and the health of the patient all contribute to the effectiveness of the treatment.
There are very few risks associated with PRP therapy, largely thanks to the fact that the patient’s body is using their own blood cells. As compared to other injection therapies, such as cortisone shots, PRP isn’t any more risky in regards to infection, nerve injuries, or damage to tissue.
Orthopedic Therapy in Greater Detroit
Movement Orthopedics can treat patients who have painful joints with PRP therapy. We are conveniently located in Clinton Township, where many patients of Dr. Jeffrey Carroll are having success with PRP treatments.
If you’re interested in treating chronic pain with PRP therapy, please call our friendly team at (586) 436-3785. You may also request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you get back to a more pain-free lifestyle again.