Athletes aren’t strangers to pain.
A vast majority of their injuries are a result of damage done to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This can result from chronic overuse, poor mobility, and/or bad biomechanics to name a few things.
Over time these factors can result in tendonitis, muscle strains, and ligament sprains leaving the athlete in chronic pain and unable to play their sport.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a Regenerative Medicine technique that naturally and safely manipulates your body’s ability to heal an injured area.
What are the benefits of PRP Therapy?
PRP Therapy works to repair and regenerate the treated tissue which results in a stronger, more stable structure. As the athlete’s injury heals, he/she also experiences a significant decrease in pain.
What sets PRP Therapy apart from conventional treatments such as steroid/cortisone injections are that these treatments only decrease pain but the injury still remains and can continue to worsen. PRP addresses both the injury by healing it and decreases pain, allowing the athlete to return to activity without worrying about further injury.
Does this actually work? What can it treat?
Yes, more and more studies show that PRP Therapy works for a number of conditions. These conditions include but are not limited to:
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Partial medial/lateral Meniscus Tear
What are the side effects of the treatment?
These treatments are very safe. Most patients experience a slight discomfort and soreness anywhere between a few hours to 2 days after the treatment.
How can I ensure that I’m receiving a good treatment?
Studies continue to show that athletes receive better treatment outcomes the more accurate a physician is at placing the PRP in the injured site.Because of this, your physician will ideally use ultrasound imaging to ensure they are accurately placing PRP in the injured site.
What about Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem Cell Therapy is a great treatment for many of the same injuries that PRP Therapy treats. However, in many cases, Stem Cell Therapy isn’t needed to get a great result and have the athlete return to activity. Stem Cells are best used when a patient has a decreased amount of growth factors that would render PRP ineffective. This usually occurs in patients who are smokers, have diabetes, or older in age.
For a generally healthy individual, PRP will work the majority of the time at a fraction of the cost of Stem Cell Therapy.
Who can benefit from PRP Therapy?
- Experience pain in their shoulder, knee, elbow, ankle, wrist, and/or hip.
- Did not respond to or do not want cortisone/steroid injections, dry needling, or acupuncture.
- Were told to stop their activity because of pain instead of receiving treatment.
- Want to stop taking pain medications that damage your body over time.
- Were told they didn’t need surgery and “to just give it time.”