Platelet-rich plasma therapy, sometimes called PRP therapy, takes advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles, or even bone. PRP has been shown to be effective in both repairing damaged tissues, as well as helping to prevent further degeneration from conditions like arthritis.
PRP treatment works most effectively for chronic ligament and tendon sprains and strains that have failed other conservative treatment, including but not limited to:
- Lumbar spine disc pain
- Rotator cuff injuries, including partial-thickness
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring and hip strains
- Knee sprains and instability
- Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
- Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
- Nerve entrapment syndromes, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction and pain
- Lumbar and cervical facet dysfunction and pain
- Knee arthritis
- Hip joint arthritis
- Shoulder arthritis
- Ankle arthritis
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma is derived from a sample of the patient’s own blood. The therapeutic injections contain plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than is found in normal blood. Platelets contain more than 30 different bioactive proteins that the body uses to repair damaged tissue. PRP concentrates these healing factors at the site of pain or injury. PRP treatment works most effectively for chronic ligament and tendon sprains/strains that have failed other conservative treatment, including, but not limited to, back pain, disc-pain and arthritic-related pain, Achilles injury, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and many other conditions.
What Does the Treatment Entail?
The benefit to PRP therapy is that, unlike most other treatments, it uses your body’s own natural growth factors to heal. The timeframe for experiencing results is dependent upon the area of injury and the extent of the injury. Some conditions like tennis elbow may respond in one week, while others make take four to six weeks of treatment to see signs of improvement. Repeat treatments are sometimes needed to optimize the response. Continuing a well-designed course of physical therapy and avoidance of aggressive physical activity or overloading the injected tissues is advised in the weeks that follow the injections. This is done to allow the tissues to heal best.
What is the next step?
If you or your physician think you might be a candidate for platelet-rich plasma therapy, you should contact Colorado Injury and Pain Specialists today to schedule an initial consultation. We provide PRP therapy in collaboration with The Vitality Center of Colorado, the area’s most advanced clinic for the treatment of chronic pain through the use of regenerative medicine. For more information about The Vitality Center of Colorado, Visit The Vitality Center Website.