How PRP Can Aid in Healing Injuries

Sometimes a long-term injury causes so much pain or discomfort that you can’t move normally or lead an active life. You don’t want to mask your pain with medication — you want to heal your body naturally by regenerating new, healthy tissues at the cellular level.  

Whether your daily run has left you with persistent heel pain, your full-time desk job makes your wrists feel tender and sore, or a recent rotator cuff injury makes it hard to sleep at night, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy may be just the solution you’ve been waiting for.

Here at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic in Tyler, Texas, we’ve used PRP therapy to help many people heal trauma and address the underlying cause of injury-related chronic pain. We can help you, too. Here’s how it works.

PRP therapy basics

Although your blood plasma is mostly liquid by volume, it also contains a variety of small, solid components, including red cells, white cells, and platelets. Your platelets, which play a critical role in the clotting process when you’re injured, contain hundreds of growth factors and other bioactive proteins that encourage cellular repair and tissue regeneration.

PRP is a therapeutic serum that’s prepared by spinning a small amount of your blood in a centrifuge machine to separate out the platelets. The highly concentrated PRP serum contains up to 10 times as many platelets — and growth factors — as what’s found in your normal, circulating blood.

Growth factor power

When PRP is mixed with a tiny amount of plasma and carefully injected into an injured area, its growth factors and bioactive proteins stimulate stem cells tissue renewal and rapid healing. But how exactly does it work?

Although researchers are still in the process of discovering the precise mechanisms that make PRP so effective at speeding up the body’s own natural healing process, studies show that the injection of concentrated platelets causes an exponential increase in numerous growth factors at the site of injection.

These powerful growth factors are known to aid healing by:

PRP treatment options

PRP therapy is effective in treating a wide range of acute and overuse injuries, ranging from weakened ligaments and swollen tendons to strained muscles and damaged joints. It’s especially helpful for promoting rapid healing in injured tissues that haven’t healed properly for some reason, such as lingering inflammation, growth factor imbalance, infection, or poor nutritional status.

Although PRP is highly effective for treating persistent tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, and shoulder tendinitis, it can also be used to treat:

To a certain extent, PRP therapy is similar to a cortisone injection, in that it decreases inflammation and provides fast pain relief. But because PRP also harnesses your body’s own corrective mechanisms to stimulate healing, it’s a far more effective — and long-lasting — treatment solution.    

PRP can also be used to promote healing after surgery. An athlete with a torn heel cord, for example, will typically heal faster if PRP is used to treat the area during surgery.  

Natural, safe, and effective

When it comes to healing trauma and addressing the underlying cause of persistent pain, PRP is a natural, state-of-the-art therapy that offers a safe and highly effective alternative to traditional treatments like pain medication and surgery.

Following PRP therapy, you can expect a brief healing period of two to four weeks as your body works to regenerate new cells and repair damaged tissues. Depending on the nature of your injury, your treatment plan may include targeted physical therapy exercises to help promote injury recovery.

If you’re ready to find out what PRP therapy can do for you, call our office in Tyler, Texas, or use our convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brelsford.

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