Numerous individuals have been suffering from chronic pain for extremely long periods of time. This has a serious impact on their daily lives and the activities they can perform. Sometimes, the pain is the result of a health issue, a damaged ligament or a muscle tear. One of the best ways of treating this pain is PRP or platelet-rich plasma therapy. The platelets of the individual are concentrated. They are then used to accelerate the healing of damaged muscles and tissues.
The platelets contain proteins and growth factors to accelerate the repair of degenerative tissues, including muscles, ligaments and tendons. In many cases, there has been damage from overuse or an injury that has failed to heal properly. Numerous athletes have managed to avoid having surgery through the use of PRP therapy. This type of therapy has been proven to be effective.
The PRP Procedure
The process is simple and begins with a blood draw. This is the same as the standard blood draw taken in a physician’s office. The blood is spun extremely fast in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells. Once the platelets have been extracted, they can be injected into the area with the injury. The platelets stimulate the healing process in the body. They contain growth factors that are able to trigger healing process in the tissues and muscles. This helps with the rejuvenation of an injured area that has been causing chronic pain for a long time.
PRP therapy is capable of helping a lot of people. In many instances, the individual has a chronic injury to the muscles, ligaments or tendons. Although the body attempted to heal the injury, the area would not heal properly. Unfortunately, this is fairly common with muscle tears. The platelet-rich plasma helps the healing process to restart. Individuals with moderate osteoporosis, tennis elbow and muscle or ligament damage generally see a lot of improvement with this therapy. Many of these individuals have tried cortisone shots and other measures with no improvement.
If the injury is extremely severe, additional treatments may be necessary. This is especially true if the same area has been injured more than once. The treatment is safe because the platelets come from the individual. Not only does this mean there is no possibility of rejection, but there are also no side effects.
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There have been studies regarding the effectiveness of PRP for relieving pain. The results showed the treatment was safe, and the majority of participants either eliminated or reduced the severity of their pain. If you are interested in a PRP treatment, please schedule your personal consultation with us at Phoenix Regenerative Medicine in Tempe, AZ. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started.