PRP Therapy Can Hasten the Healing Process for Injured Athletes and Other Active Individuals From Lakewood, NJ
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the most innovative treatment options available at New Jersey Sports Medicine near Lakewood, NJ. With a simple injection, this revolutionary technique can potentially relieve pain and speed up the healing process without the downtime or potential complications of a surgical procedure. Platelet-rich plasma therapy can be especially beneficial for individuals who are not candidates for surgery due to their age or overall health condition.
PRP therapy uses highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma, which is derived from a patient’s own blood. Platelets are powerful healing aids, functioning as the body’s “first responders” to injuries. In a damaged area of the body, platelets stimulate tissue repair and also signal powerful stem cells to regenerate new, healthy tissue.
PRP therapy can be particularly useful for treating conditions and injuries that are typically slow or challenging to heal, such as:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ankle sprains
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Tennis elbow
- Ligament sprains
At New Jersey Sports Medicine, platelet-rich plasma therapy is performed in a fluoroscopy suite at our office near Lakewood, New Jersey, and the entire process takes approximately one or two hours from start to finish. With ultrasound imaging, we are able to clearly view a joint and its surrounding cartilage, tendons, ligaments, tissues, and areas of inflammation. This helps us to precisely guide the injections into the exact spots where they are needed. When performing image-guided PRP therapy, our goal is to deliver the maximum amount of healing platelets to a damaged part of the body. This highly accurate approach is the best way to ensure thorough healing.
While some patients feel better after their first platelet-rich plasma treatment, the results of PRP therapy may be enhanced with further injections, if necessary. The healing process generally takes place over the course of several weeks.
If you’d like to learn more about PRP therapy, contact New Jersey Sports Medicine to request an appointment with a sports medicine specialist at our office near Lakewood, NJ.