PRP Therapy for Sports-Related Injuries in Monroe Township, NJ
PRP therapy, or platelet-rich plasma therapy, is becoming increasingly popular for sports medicine applications. However, the technique is not really new; in fact, it has been used since the 1990s to promote the healing of soft tissue after plastic surgery, and also in various dental procedures. The experienced team of board-certified sports medicine physicians at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Monroe Township, NJ, offer PRP therapy and other types of regenerative medicine as alternatives to surgery for treating orthopedic conditions in certain individuals.
PRP therapy involves the use of highly concentrated platelets derived from a patient’s own blood to stimulate his or her body’s natural healing response. Both platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many factors that contribute to the cell recruitment, multiplication, and specialization that are required for healing. For these reasons, this innovative treatment can be effective for treating a wide range of acute and chronic sports-related injuries affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, or cartilage (individual results will vary).
At New Jersey Sports Medicine in Monroe Township, New Jersey, our philosophy is to recommend conservative treatments like PRP therapy over surgery whenever possible. A PRP procedure works like this:
- After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the sample is placed in a centrifuge, which is a special machine that processes blood to separate it into its various components.
- The resulting platelet-rich plasma is collected and treated before it is injected into the site of an injured area of soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament. Ultrasound guidance may be used for highly precise placement.
- Following an injection, a patient is usually instructed to avoid certain physical activities for a short period of time, and then begin a customized rehabilitation program.
The platelets injected through PRP therapy can potentially release powerful growth factors that can provide a biological boost to the body’s natural healing process. And, because a patient’s own blood is used for the procedure, PRP therapy involves virtually no risk of rejection or related complications.
If you’d like to learn more about PRP therapy and other cutting-edge treatments for orthopedic conditions, you can call New Jersey Sports Medicine to schedule an appointment with a sports medicine physician at our office in Monroe Township, NJ.