Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are a means of capitalizing on the body’s own restorative processes to speed healing and reduce pain in the treatment of several conditions, including:
- Sports injuries
- Chronic tendon conditions, such as Tennis Elbow or Plantar Fasciitis
Although the efficacy of PRP injections is still under investigation, some studies indicate the treatment to be safe and effective. The treatment has also gained some traction due to media attention surrounding the use of PRP injections to treat high-profile athletes and their professed satisfaction with the treatment in getting them back on the playing field. Read on to determine whether PRP injections could be helpful in your treatment.
How Do PRP Injections Work?
Platelets, which are found within blood cells, are key players in the body’s natural healing process. Along with liquid plasma, they attract cells and promote the growth of new cells that restore affected areas of the body. By placing a sample of the patient’s own blood into a centrifuge, the plasma and platelets can be extracted from the blood and concentrated, forming the PRP injection. The PRP is then injected to the affected site of the body, stimulating cell growth and healing in those areas. Some preparations of PRP can even be stitched into damaged tissues directly.
What Are The Risks Associated with PRP Injections?
Because PRP injections are made from the patient’s own blood, there is little potential for adverse side effects. However, it is important to follow the recommendations of your medical provider who considers your precise condition, medical history, and other factors.
Could PRP Injections Help Me?
If you have experienced a sports injury or have been living with a chronic tendon or ligament related condition like Tennis Elbow or Plantar Fasciitis, request an appointment with New Jersey Sports Medicine. Our specialists will help you determine whether PRP injections could be a useful part of your treatment plan.