Enduring chronic pain from a soft tissue injury can greatly affect the quality of your life. While treatment is available, much of it is invasive or ineffective. Fortunately, PRP therapy has the potential to bring you the relief you want without the painful surgical measures you don’t.
Located in Brazos Valley, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic utilizes the latest in medical technology to heal our patients. If you’d like more information about our practice or are interested in scheduling a PRP therapy consultation, contact us today.
What is PRP Therapy?
PRP Therapy, otherwise known as platelet rich plasma therapy, is an injection procedure that utilizes the power of a patient’s own concentrated platelet rich plasma and growth factors to assist and speed up the healing of orthopedic problems. In fact, one or two PRP therapy sessions a year have the potential to help prevent the need for orthopedic surgery.
During therapy, blood is extracted from the patient and processed through a centrifuge that isolates the platelet rich plasma. Once this plasma has been isolated, it’s injected back into the patient at the site of injury. The procedure, including preparation, treatment, and recovery time, typically takes 1-2 hours.
How Does it Work?
When soft tissue damage occurs, your body’s first response is to send platelet cells to the site of injury. These cells contain growth and healing factors that initiate repair and attract stem cells. Stem cells are vital in the process of healing and rebuilding soft tissue. Adding additional PRP cells to the site of injury through PRP therapy helps intensify and speed up the body’s healing efforts, increasing the concentration of platelets and growth factors by 500%. The PRP cells are injected via ultrasound guidance so that they can be delivered precisely to the site of injury.
What Can PRP Therapy Treat?
PRP therapy can be used to treat a broad range of orthopedic problems, including ligament issues, tennis elbow, and calcification. This therapy can also be used in conjunction with traditional treatments to enhance the repair of joints, cartilage, and tendons. It’s also useful in cases where injury rehab has proven ineffective on its own.
Am I a Candidate?
Ideal candidates for this therapy have mild to moderate ligament issues, tennis elbow or calcification. PRP therapy is also well suited to patients who haven’t had success with traditional injury rehab methods. During your consultation appointment, one of our trained medical professionals will evaluate your injury and determine if PRP therapy is right for you.