About Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a new treatment that involves creating a solution of plasma, taken from the patient, that is highly concentrated in platelets. Platelets are most commonly known for their ability to help congeal the blood and stop bleeding, but they are also extremely high in protein, which helps the body heal and recover from injury faster. It has been used for musculoskeletal injuries since the 1990s and is extremely popular with athletes due to its ability to help heal an injury very quickly. The PRP procedure involves extracting the patient’s blood, creating the solution and re-injecting it into the affected area to speed up the healing process. PRP can be used for treating tendon injuries, painful muscle strains, ligament sprains and joint injuries, and joint pain, such as arthritis and knee problems, as well as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, chronic low back and neck pain.
What to Expect During Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
The PRP procedure can be used to increase sports performance by allowing athletes to recover faster from injury. It is usually paired with physical therapy and can relieve pain quite quickly, allowing athletes to get back to training faster than other methods. PRP procedures generally take about a half hour, from extraction to creating the concentrated solution to re-injecting the solution into the injured area. Most patients report healing and pain reduction after just one or two treatments.
Benefits and Risks of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
The benefits of PRP include speedier healing time that allows athletes to get back onto the field faster than ever before. Unlike cortisone shots, PRP procedures actually heal the area properly, allowing for long-lasting effects. There is very little risk to a PRP procedure because your own blood is used to create the platelet-rich solution.
Total Health and Peak Medical offer a full suite of medical services, focusing on comprehensive and individualized treatments. PRP procedures to improve sports performance is just one of many health and wellness offerings. It is typically paired with other treatments, such as physical therapy, acupuncture or nutritional planning.