If you have a tendon or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy may be the solution.
Understanding Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma comes from your own blood and maximizes the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Treatment with Platelet Rich Plasma may help with joint pain, old sprain injuries, muscle injury, and recovery from ligament and tendon injuries. There is also exciting success with treating Osgood-Schlatter’s disease in children.
Platelet Rich Plasma has provided our patients with an exciting option for rehabilitation and recovery from injury.
How Do We Heal?
When our body is injured it runs a healing program that does most of its work in the first 3-6 weeks. If the injured area is still tender 2 months later, your body did an incomplete job. That is why you might have a “partial tear” of your rotator cuff.
If you want your body to “re-run” the healing program to further heal from an injury, the tissue needs to be re-injured. When this is done using a dry needle, it is called acupuncture or dry needling. When dextrose and novocaine are injected, it is called prolotherapy.
How Does Platelet Rich Plasma Work?
When you were 3 years old and fell and skinned your knee, momma put some love on it, and then your bleeding platelets broke open and made you a scab. Three or four weeks later when the scab fell off, you had new skin underneath. When platelet rich plasma is injected into an injured tendon, when the scab falls out of the tendon in 3-4 weeks, you have new tendon underneath.
Other Uses for Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet rich plasma injections have been shown to be helpful for the treatment of joints damaged by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, ligament injuries, and tendon injuries.