The last thing a serious athlete (or weekend warrior) wants to do is take time from being active to nurse an injured muscle or painful joint. Thanks to innovations in regenerative medicine, new sports injury treatments like PRP Therapy are available and claim to more quickly reduce pain, improve function, and facilitate a faster return to activity.
What is PRP Therapy, how is it administered, and who would benefit from the treatments?
The Innovation of PRP Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy involves isolating the powerful, healing growth factors that naturally occur in a patient’s blood to stimulate new cell growth and to encourage the body to heal itself. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, blood is mainly a liquid called plasma, but it also contains small solid components like red and white blood cells, and platelets, which are best known for their role in blood-clotting. Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which facilitate healing.
How is PRP Therapy Administered?
PRP Therapy is plasma that has a higher concentration of platelets than what is usually found in blood; a concentration of 5-10 times normal means an increased amount of growth factors that facilitate repair to damaged tissues. To develop the treatment, blood is drawn from the patient and the platelets are concentrated through a process called centrifugation. The increased concentration is then injected into the damaged tissue. Because PRP Therapy works by providing growth factors for the tissues to heal, the injections trigger a reproduction of that exact cell tissue, effectively regenerating new, healthy cartilage and connective tissues to fix an injury at the source.
Which sports related injuries will see the greatest results?
For the Average Joe, the most common use of PRP therapy is for chronic tendinopathy, a broad term that encompasses painful conditions in and around tendons in response to overuse, according to Dr. Bradley Nelson, a physician at the University Of Minnesota School of Medicine. Its use as a sports injury treatment is much more common among elite athletes, from professional golfers to football and basketball players, who utilize the treatments for a wide range of conditions, like strained muscles and knee osteoarthritis. Recent studies have indicated the efficacy of PRP Therapy for knee OA; a review in the British Medical Journal concluded that based on current evidence, PRP [Therapy] not only reduced pain more effectively than placebo injections in Osteoarthritis of the knee, but that function was significantly improved when compared to controls. Countless athletes credit the treatments for reducing their recovery period and getting them back into action sooner.
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