Recovery from an injury can be quite lengthy depending on the severity of the problem and whether mobility is limited during the healing process, among other factors. Injuries caused by dynamic force such as a sprained knee or tennis elbow often take a long time to heal because the tendons or ligaments are damaged. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a rather new and revolutionary therapy that accelerates this part of the healing process. We have recognized that PRP therapy yields positive results when performed on individuals suffering from damaged tissues.
How PRP Therapy Accelerates Healing
Blood platelets contain chemical compositions that react with oxygen. This is why a clot forms on the surface when a cut or scrape occurs. The platelets also act as the first nutrient source for the creation of new tissue. When we injure ourselves, the clotting seals the wound, and the growth factors in the platelets combine with other nutrients sent via the bloodstream to form the scab. The growth factors are also used to create the first tissue that replaces the damaged cells.
When concentrated, platelets in the plasma can actually work as a signal to heal an injury. The body responds to concentrated platelets in a small amount of plasma the same way it would if an actual injury has occurred. When we damage a ligament or tendon, the introduction of concentrated platelets accelerates healing even more. This is why many athletes have reported quicker recovery times after taking part in PRP therapy.
What Injuries Can Be Treated with PRP?
Acute ligament and muscle injuries, small bone fractures, chronic tendon injuries, and knee arthritis have all been treated using PRP therapy. The concentrated platelet count is combined with plasma that is absent the red and white cells. Once injected, it begins to accelerate the healing process immediately.
A Closer Look at the Procedure
The procedure is pretty straightforward. A small amount of blood is first drawn from the client. It’s spun in a centrifuge until the platelets have been separated from the other components of the blood. The solution is then prepared for injections in the area to be treated. The introduction of concentrated platelets kickstarts a tissue creation process. Damaged cells are soon replaced by healthier ones.
Get More Information About PRP Therapy
During a consultation at the office of Stanley C. Jones, MD in Houston, you can learn more about how PRP therapy can be used to increase healing after an injury has occurred. From there, we can determine if the technique is right for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started!