PRP Therapy - Treatment for Musculoskeletal Injuries

What is PRP Therapy?

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is an innovative medical procedure that is used to treat patients suffering from diverse musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. It is widely prescribed and recommended by leading orthopedic doctors and specialists. Essentially, PRP is a non-surgical, regenerative therapy that uses concentrated blood platelets and bloodplasma, and growth factors. Other ortho-biological substances extracted from the patient’s own blood are also used in this mixture.

To treat a patient suffering from osteoarthritisor musculoskeletal injuries, providers must first prepare the PRP mixture by drawing blood from the patient and placing it within a centrifuge. The different elements in the blood are then segregated into separate sections with the help of the centrifuge. The Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP that is prepared has a higher concentration of platelets than normal human blood.

Usually, a droplet of human blood contains six percent platelets. However, a droplet of the PRP mixture typically contains ninety-four percent platelets, as well as almost 10 times the amount of growth factors naturally found in blood samples. The growth factors contained in the plasma help heal damaged tissues quickly, thus enhancing the speed of natural recovery. The mixture naturally triggers localized collagen production and other regenerative processes without the need for any external healing agents. Any musculoskeletal injuries or tears in the connective tissues can also be resolved through this form of therapy.

Benefits of PRP Treatment for Musculoskeletal Injuries

  1. Treats Chronic Pain and Injuries
    Many people often rely on pain-killers, steroids, and other types of medication to deal with chronic joint pain or muscular stiffness. However, musculoskeletal injuries and ailments such as osteoarthritis can be quite persistent and unresponsive to traditional methods of treatment. Physical therapy and even corrective surgery frequently fail to heal some conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. With chronic conditions that have remained unhealed for over a number of years, the body might stop recognizing the area as something that needs to be healed. PRP mixtures cause a mild yet purposeful inflammation near the site of the damage. In this way, the mixture helps to restart the healing process causing new fibers and tissues to begin growing in the affected area, again.
  2. Reduces the Symptoms of Tendonitis
    Groundbreaking research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that almost half of all sporting injuries involve some sort of tendon-related disorder. Most of these disorders might turn unresponsive to medical intervention over time. PRP therapy has been shown to accelerate the healing procedure in common sports-related injuries like medial or lateral epicondylitis, extensor or flexor tendonitis, and tendinopathy. Renowned sportsmen such as Tiger Woods have reported overcoming knee injuries with the help of PRP therapy.
  3. Helps Treat Osteoarthritis Symptoms
    According to research, patients suffering from degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis are benefited from PRP therapy, immensely. The patients who receive regular Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are more likely to report faster recovery and reduction in pain. This is because PRP therapy helps renew hyaluronic acid concentrations and improves angiogenesis, thus reversing disease progression and joint damage.
  4. Treats Jumper’s Knee and Plantar Fasciitis
    A 2009 study conducted by reputed medical organizations has found that this treatment procedure helps in treating refractory jumper’s knee and plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly found in marathon runners. In this study, fifteen patients who had previously failed to respond to both surgical and non-surgical medical intervention experienced notable improvements in mobility after receiving PRP injections thrice.