UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFITS OF PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY
Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a new non-operative treatment for chronic and acute pain that uses the body’s own cells rather than drugs. The benefits of platelet rich plasma therapy has seen rising popularity over recent years thanks to the use of the new treatment among professional athletes, recreational athletes, and other famous and influential individuals.
PRP therapy helps speed healing and minimizes pain with its healing and regenerative properties. This newly emerging technique shows a lot of promise for helping reduce or eliminate pain associated many conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, pulls and tears of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Here at Pinnacle Pain Management we help patients enjoy the benefits of platelet rich plasma therapy. We are proud to be leaders when it comes to treating pain with PRP and other treatment options.
HOW THE BENEFITS OF PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY WORK
Treating pain with PRP works like this: Platelet rich plasma is human blood that is spun down and so that the platelet count is higher than normal. This concentrated plasma is then injected into the area of injury or pain in order to promote healing and pain relief. Platelets are the clotting cells of our blood, but they also have great potential in enhancing healing of muscle, tendon, and ligaments.
The benefits of platelet rich plasma therapy have been used for several years now in the sports medicine field to treat injuries commonly suffered by athletes. It is also used in surgery to improve healing and overall success of the procedure being done. Clinical trials both past and present are shining light on the full spectrum of use for PRP and almost all show significant improvement in healing, regeneration, pain level and functionality of the treated area.
“PRP therapy presents patients with a long lasting, permanent solution through the body’s natural healing process. PRP is not something that wears off over time as with a traditional pain injection”
The medical website SpineMD
CAN PRP TREATMENT HELP SOMEONE AVOID SURGERY?
With any treatment option that a patient decides to try to help with pain or injury the outcome and sustained results depend on a number of factors, including the location and extent of the injury, the treatment used, the length of time the injury has gone untreated, and many other personal and biological factors.
For example, when treating pain with PRP that is associated with mild arthritis, the benefits of platelet rich plasma therapy could potentially prevent more damage and degeneration form occurring. However, in advanced arthritic degeneration the healing power of PRP may not be enough to reverse all the damage. But benefits of platelet rich plasma therapy could still provide a degree of relief from the pain, even in advanced arthritic situations.
PRP may also help improve the odds of avoiding injury, especially if used in tandem with stem cells. The treatment combo could also help someone avoid surgery such as joint replacements or a spinal fusion. The future does indeed look promising for treating many types of pain with PRP.
THE BASICS OF PRP
Normal human blood is comprised of 93% red blood cells, 6% white blood cells, 1% platelets and plasma. Platelets are most well known for their blood-clotting function that works to stop bleeding. Platelets, however, are also a critical component in injury healing and cell repair and regeneration. This is the major factor in taking advantage of the benefits of platelet rich plasma therapy.
Platelets are naturally rich in healing properties and also encourage the development of more stem cells at the site of injury. Together, platelets and stem cells speed healing, help regenerate damaged tissue and cells, and reduce pain by correcting the problems that are causing the pain in the first place. The body’s first response to tissue injury is to deliver platelets to the area and to start boosting the multiplication of stem cells in that area. The benefits of platelet rich plasma therapy are in “super charging” the body’s first response.
Injecting the powerful growth factors found in these platelets into damaged ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints stimulates the natural repair process. Treating pain with PRP creates, stimulates, and accelerates the body’s natural healing process and, best of all, it is natural and comes from the patient’s own blood supply. So there is little to no risk for adverse side effects or reactions to the injection. It is simply taking the body’s own cells, modifying them slightly and reintroducing them into the injured area. Treating pain with PRP is the most recent advance in the pain medicine field, but the benefits of platelet rich plasma therapy are already being seen across the country.
THE CONDITIONS THAT SEE THE BENEFITS OF PLATELET RICH PLASMA THERAPY MOST
Treating pain with PRP works most effectively for chronic ligament and tendon sprains/strains as well as some muscle applications including but not limited to:
- Spinal Pain from degenerative disc or other injury
- Rotator cuff injuries and other shoulder injuries
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Carpel tunnel and other pinched nerve injuries
- Hamstring and hip strains
- Knee injuries and ligament tears
- Muscle tears and strains
- Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendonitis
- Ankle injuries, sprains, twists and injuries
- Achilles tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
- Osteoarthritis of the joints
- Nerve entrapment syndromes
- Scoliosis pain and numbness
- Injuries to the muscles and disc of the neck
- Knee arthritis
- Hip joint arthritis
- Shoulder arthritis
- Ankle arthritis
- Other injuries of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments