“PRP Therapy Applications in Healing” by HealthGains Team
by HealthGains Team
LipoAdvisor.com Notice: While we published an article regarding the potential of PRP therapy in skin improvement, we are feeling it’s quite interesting to delve more thoroughly into the amazing features of PRP therapy in healing! HealthGains, the real experts in PRP therapy joined our team to shed light to the brave new world of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP therapy has been used for almost thirty years to help heal sports injuries, osteoarthritis and many other conditions of the muscles and joints. Today, platelet rich plasma therapy is used in many medical applications, as well as cosmetic applications, for its ability to concentrate the body’s natural healing mechanism with no risks or downsides.
What is PRP Exactly?
PRP therapy involves drawing a patient’s blood, spinning it in a centrifuge at high speeds to concentrate the healing platelets, then injecting it into the injured tissue. The concentrated platelets then activate stem cells and growth factors, which work together to repair tissue, decrease inflammation and help the body heal faster than it can on its own. Think of PRP injections as a way to concentrate the body’s healing mechanism where it is most needed.
PRP Injections and Osteoarthritis
PRP therapy has been used for decades in sports and orthopedic medicine, and numerous studies have confirmed that is indeed an effective and safe way to help the body heal and recovery from soft tissue injuries.
One recent study, published in 2013 in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, found that platelet rich plasma holds amazing promise for patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis. The treatment was found to improve both function and pain, and about 73% of patients had a delay in the progression of osteoarthritis, a painful and progressive disease.
PRP and Chronic Tendon Injuries
Studies have confirmed that PRP remains the most effective means of treating chronic tendon injuries, particularly tennis elbow, which is an injury of tendons on the outside of the elbow.
PRP for Muscle and Ligament Injuries
PRP therapy really began to catch on with the public in general due to its use in the treatment of acute sports injuries. Many professional athletes have used PRP therapy to help heal from injuries like knee sprains and hamstring muscles.
Use of PRP in Surgery
One of the newest applications of PRP is its use during some types of surgery to help tissue heal faster, including surgery to repair torn rotator cuff tendons and torn knee ligaments, particularly ACL tears.
What Can Be Treated with PRP Therapy?
Platelet rich plasma has been shown to be an effective treatment option since 1987, and it is today used in dentistry, neurosurgery, urology, wound healing, sports medicine and orthopedics. It can treat a wide range of injuries, most notably:
- During surgery to boost healing
- Chronic tendon injuries
- Ligament and muscle injuries
- Tennis elbow
If you have a stubborn sports-related injury, tendon injury or osteoarthritis, PRP injections may be the solution to help your body recover as it is meant to. Schedule an appointment with HealthGains to learn more about the possibilities and find out if you are a good candidate.