If traditional treatment methods have not relieved your tendon or ligament injury, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy in Cincinnati may be for you. By using the platelets and growth factors from your own blood, PRP treatments can recharge your body’s healing process. This hallmark of regenerative medicine has even proven a viable alternative for patients otherwise facing surgeries for shoulder, knee, back, hip, and other types of injuries.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma and How Does It Work?
Platelet-rich plasma is natural because it comes from your blood. Plasma is the liquid component of the blood that circulates red and white blood cells throughout your system. Platelets make up another type of blood “cell,” and they provide many healing properties.
Recall when you fell and skinned your knee as a young child. Before a loving adult kissed your boo-boo and placed a bandage on the injury, your bleeding platelets started to break open to make a protective scab. When the scab fell off three or four weeks later, you had new nerves, blood vessels, and skin underneath.
When injected into the site of an injury, regenerative PRP creates a healing “scab” to create new, healthy tissue. About 3-4 weeks after treatment, the result is a new tendon and fascia strings holding you together.
What Happens When I Go to a Local Practitioner for PRP Treatment?
When you undergo PRP treatment, your provider first extracts blood from your body. Using a centrifuging process, they separate and concentrate the plasma platelets (now called Platelet-Rich Plasma), which they inject into the site of your injury.
PRP injections maximize your body’s natural ability to heal itself, bringing 5-10 times more growth factors to the injury site. PRP treatment can help with joint pain and arthritis. It can also facilitate healing old sprains and injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
As an alternative to invasive surgery or addictive opioid prescriptions, PRP treatments have provided our patients with exciting options for rehabilitation and recovery from injury. It is an effective supplement to physical therapy, massage, exercise, and more.
Other Uses for Platelet-Rich Plasma
Platelet-rich plasma injections have been helpful in the treatment of joint damage from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, ligament injuries, and tendon injuries. There is promising success with using PRP therapy to treat children with Osgood-Schlatter’s disease, a condition that causes pain and swelling below the knee joint. There is also promising success with using PRP therapy to treat children with Sever’s disease, a condition that causes heel pain in growing children.
PRP therapy may help speed healing times for bone injuries, and recent research indicates it may prove helpful in skin wounds in printed graft form. The cosmetic industry is also exploring the potential of PRP therapy to enhance the health of hair and facial skin.
If you’re suffering from an old or relatively new tissue injury, consider the benefits of PRP as an alternative to invasive procedures and addictive pain medications. Whether your condition involves joint damage or is degenerative, you can find pain relief and healing naturally. With Blatman Health and Wellness Center, you can access quality Cincinnati and New York City-based PRP therapy.