Platelet Rich Plasma Injections for Athletes in Freehold, NJ
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are performed on an outpatient basis at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ. Because this innovative, nonsurgical treatment can potentially accelerate the healing of damaged tissue, it is often sought after by injured athletes and used in many sports medicine applications.
Platelets are cells that contain a rich source of nutrients and growth factors. Found naturally within the body, platelets can be extracted from a patient’s own blood, concentrated, and then reinjected into an injured area to stimulate natural healing. At New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, New Jersey, platelet rich plasma injections generally involve the following steps:
- A small amount of blood is drawn from a patient’s arm.
- The blood is processed in a centrifuge, which rotates rapidly. Through the application of centrifugal force, the various components of the blood (including platelets) are automatically separated due to their varying densities.
- Highly concentrated platelets are injected directly into a damaged area to potentially activate the body’s natural healing cascade.
- As a result, new collagen may begin to form in the injured tissue.
- Over time, the new collagen may strengthen and tighten as it matures, and may eventually allow an injured tendon or ligament to once again withstand the stresses of sports-related activities.
Because PRP injections can be performed in tendons and ligaments all over the body, this treatment may be recommended for treating tennis elbow, ACL tears, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis, iliotibial (IT) band syndrome and many other common sports-related injuries. In addition, PRP can potentially produce an anti-inflammatory response when used for treating osteoarthritis.
While response to treatment can vary, many patients experience noticeable improvement after a single injection. In some cases, a second injection may be necessary. In generally, treatment sessions are scheduled approximately 6-12 weeks apart, as needed.
If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional treatment methods have not provided sufficient relief, you may be interested in exploring platelet rich plasma injections as an alternative to surgery. To find out if PRP therapy is right for you, contact New Jersey Sports Medicine to schedule a personal consultation with a sports medicine physician at our office in Freehold, NJ.