Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP Therapy is proving to be highly effective in treating musculoskeletal injuries, especially sport injuries, such as ligament sprains, chronic inflammation and tendon tears. PRP therapy holds the potential to stimulate permanent healing and eliminate the need for potentially risky surgery.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy involves drawing a small quantity of a patient’s blood to separate the platelets. The concentrated platelets are injected back into the injured tissues, such as shoulders, hips, knees, elbows and Achilles tendons. The platelets release growth factors that aid tissue recovery.
Here are 5 most important facts you should know about Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.
Research has shown that PRP therapy is highly beneficial. Ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after treatment.
Surgery can also be avoided or delayed if injured tissues have been treated before the damage progresses.
Conditions that can benefit from PRP Therapy
- osteoarthritis of the knee
- hip and spine
- rotator cuff tears
- pelvic pain & instability
- back and neck injuries
- ankle sprains
- tennis elbow
- ligament sprains
PRP stimulates the Body’s Healing
The human body has an excellent natural healing ability. In case of soft tissue injury, platelet cells are immediately sent to the site. Since they carry growth and healing factors, platelets begin the repair process, attracting stem cells in the process.
PRP stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanism by supplying a higher concentration of platelets, thereby enhancing the body’s natural healing ability.
PRP Therapy is Safe
Patients who have received PRP Therapy have shown significant improvement in their pain and discomfort level.
Since a person’s own blood is used during the procedure, there is no risk for rejection and infection.
PRP aids Faster Healing
PRP Therapy aids pain relief through healing, hence producing lasting results. Improvement begins within a few weeks and steadily increases as healing progresses.
To learn more about PRP therapy or to consult the top shoulder and sports medicine surgeon in Gilbert, AZ, call OSPI Arizona at 480-899-4333.