Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that is steadily gaining in popularity, especially among elite athletes. Platelets contain growth factors, which play an important role in the healing process.
PRP therapy involves extracting vials of blood from the patient and running the blood samples through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets from the rest of the blood. Afterward, the platelet- concentrated solution is re-injected into the patient at the injured or affected area.
What Is PRP Used For?
PRP therapy has been used to address numerous medical conditions, including the following:
- Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage cushioning areas where bones meet has worn down, leading to bone-on-bone friction. The condition often results in pain, tenderness, limited range of motion, and swelling. Studies have suggested the high concentration of platelets injected at a site of injury can revitalize healing in the area, which may provide relief for osteoarthritis sufferers.
- Acute injuries. This includes sports injuries in athletes or active individuals, the most common of which are torn ligaments or muscles (sprains and strains), fractures, and shoulder dislocations. Patients with these orthopedic injuries have reported success at alleviating their symptoms with PRP therapy.
- Tendon injuries. Conditions involving inflammation, irritation, and tears of the tendon include tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, Achilles tendonitis. PRP therapy has been used in all of these cases, most of which are due to repetitive strain.
- Postsurgical repair. Because PRP therapy significantly enhances the healing process, using it in conjunction with an orthopedic surgery can reduce post-op recovery time considerably. This has been seen after surgeries to repair a torn Achilles tendon, torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee, and rotator cuff repairs in the shoulder, among other orthopedic surgeries.
Will PRP Therapy Work for Me?
The effectiveness of PRP therapy relies on its ability to harness and amplify the body’s natural healing response. That said, results will vary from patient to patient; PRP therapy may not work for everyone. Additionally, several PRP therapy treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
Because PRP therapy uses a patient’s own blood, the chances of rejection and severe reaction are minimized.
If you’re seeking an innovative approach to healing, ask your doctor if you are a good candidate for PRP therapy. Call Movement Orthopedics at (586) 436-3785 for more information or request an appointment now.