PRP therapy is one of modern medicine’s most fascinating breakthroughs. Truly a wonder of a treatment, its benefits are tenfold, and the therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions and issues that your body may face.
How PRP therapy works: Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a technique by which a patient’s own platelets are extracted and concentrated out of his or her plasma. The process comprises three key components:
- Blood is drawn from the patient, typically from his or her arm
- That blood is placed in a centrifuge, which separates and concentrates the platelets, creating platelet-rich plasma
- The PRP is delivered back into the body into the treatment area
While PRP is great for many conditions, it isn’t an effective treatment for all ailments. In some cases, regenerative injections may be more suited to what your body needs.
Why PRP therapy?
Platelets contain a high concentration of growth factors—the components that help tissues heal. In other words, not only can the platelets help to enormously speed up a patient’s healing process, but such can be done using the patient’s own blood, leaving foreign sources completely unnecessary.
Did you know? We also treat many types of back pain, using PRP therapy and other minimally invasive treatment options and procedures.
What does PRP therapy treat?
Tendon injuries: Of all the conditions PRP therapy can be used to treat, it’s more effective against tendon injuries than any of the other options. If you suffer from tennis elbow, tendonitis or tendon-related shoulder pain, PRP therapy will be an ideal option.
Surgery: PRP is sometimes used during surgery to allow tendons to heal faster.
Muscle injuries: Acute muscle injuries also respond well to PRP therapy. The treatment is often applied to torn ligaments and other muscle-related issues—especially sports injuries. Many professional sports players use PRP therapy to help their muscle injuries heal quickly and effectively.
There are a number of other injuries that we treat with PRP therapy:
- Hip and spine arthritis
- Rotator cuff tears
- ACL injuries
- Back injuries
- Ligament sprains
- Other injuries
PRP therapy isn’t good for everything, but we offer a variety of other treatments. Please browse our site to learn more about our headache treatments and other types of relief that we offer.
Arthritis: PRP is sometimes used to treat arthritis; however, this is a relatively new development in modern medicine, so it’s considered more of an alternative treatment at this point. We recommend trying other arthritis treatments at the University Pain Medicine Center.
PRP is exciting and, while it is relatively new, multiple studies and trials have shown its effectiveness to treat certain ailments. A huge benefit of the treatment is that it only uses elements of the patient’s own body, so there’s no potential for the negative side effects that invasive treatments can cause.
If you’re ready to schedule a PRP injection therapy appointment at our Manhattan or New Jersey office, touch base with us today.