Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Are you down for blood therapy? Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a concentrated mixture from your own blood that can help troubled cells. PRP can stimulate healing, even in some stubborn injured areas, but there are further trials and research still underway.
You may have heard about many professional athletes seeking PRP treatments to help their body repair from sports injuries, like Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods. However, PRP isn’t just used to treat sports injuries, it is used for arthritis patients and even beauty treatments.
In the early 1990s, many prolotherapy injections were being used in dental treatments, periodontal surgeries, cosmetic surgeries, and skin grafting treatments. About 10 years later, doctors began incorporating PRP in prolotherapy to use a patient’s very own blood platelets and growth factors. This grew into aiding in orthopedic treatments and helped reduce joint deterioration, damaged tissue fibers, and chronic pain. Today, PRP injections are even helping those suffering from hair loss, living with wrinkles, and more!
What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?
Our blood (plasma) contains platelets, which contain proteins called growth factors. These growth factors have the ability to signal the body to heal itself through clotting, controlling inflammation, and building or healing tissue and skin. These platelets can help in pain reduction, tissue healing, tissue repair, bone regeneration, new blood vessel development, and wound healing.
For platelet rich plasma therapy, the doctor will prepare an enriched concentration of the platelets that will contain five to ten times more platelets than the original concentration. It will contain at least seven growth factors. These growth factors can trigger localized information, collagen production, and other regenerative processes to heal damaged tissues. Then, the doctor will inject the PRP into the desired area.
What are the benefits?
Non-invasive: Sometimes, surgery isn’t your only option. Platelet rich plasma therapy is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for some injuries.
Natural process: You don’t have to worry about having a foreign object living in your body because this treatment option uses the body’s very own plasma.
Low risk: Receiving PRP injections is about as dangerous as receiving a collagen injection – not very dangerous.
Supports long-term healing: When people take pain medicine, it doesn’t help the area heal and only provides temporary relief. PRP treatments can aid in pain and can also provide long-term healing.
Reduce lower back pain: The Epoch Times’ report in 2015 found that PRP treatments can treat cases of back pain that were difficult to treat. Patients in the study showed an average of 90 to 100 percent improvement in symptoms.
Can decrease symptoms in tendon problems: PRP therapy can help lessen the symptoms of those with tendonitis. Tiger Woods sought treatment for his knee and Achilles tendon! Stanford University conducted a research study on patients with chronic tendon problems, and they experienced an average 93 percent reduction in pain even two years later.
Can decrease symptoms in osteoarthritis: Even those with osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint diseases can be relieved from some of their symptoms after receiving PRP treatments. One PRP study was conducted on patients with degenerative joint diseases, and doctors noticed restored hyaluronic acid concentrations and improved angiogenesis, which help reverse joint damage and halt disease progression. PRP with stem cell treatments have even shown greater results in restoring hyaluronic acid.
Helps treat unresponsive chronic pain and injuries: Pain medications only help relieve pain for so long. If you’ve had surgery or gone through physical therapy and are still in pain, you could be a good candidate for PRP treatments. PRP has helped some patients overcome ongoing pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, trouble exercising, sleep trouble and other limitations after previous treatments didn’t help.
Can it benefit me?
PRP has many benefits, but you may wonder if you are a good candidate to seek therapy. If you suffer from any of the following conditions, PRP may be an option for you:
- Arthritis or osteoarthritis
- Torn ligament
- Acute tissue injuries, like
- Bulging or herniated disc
- Injuries from sports or exercising
- Sacroiliac problems
- Sciatica/sciatic nerve pain
- Hand injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic pain in the neck, lower back, knees or shoulders
- Instability, loss of balance, stiffness, and loss of range of motion
- Hair loss
Research has shown the most successful treatment areas for PRP are in the heel (plantar fascitis), knee (patella tendonitis), elbow (lateral epicondylitis), and shoulder (tendonitis or rotator cuff tear).
Visit the Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute of Texas
At the Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute, we treat many different conditions with platelet rich plasma. PRP can also increase the effectiveness of stem cells to help decrease inflammation, so we incorporate PRP into some of our stem cell treatments. To get started on your journey to pain relief, call us at 210-614-6432!