Platelet therapy, or platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, is a revolutionary new treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions using the healing power of your own body.
The PRP injections are showing exciting success with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip, rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, tennis and golfer’s elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis, and ligament sprains.
In many medical reports supported by long studies and the collected research group, you can find the bold statement that PRP injection is classified as a non-surgical solution for pain relief. The big advantage is that there is no risk of rejection by the body, because it is a suspension obtained from the patient's own blood. Thus, possible complications are very rare, if they occur at all.
PRP procedure and how does it help
The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets.
To obtain PRP therapy, a small sample of your blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around the point of injury, accelerating and significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing signal. Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction.
PRP results expectations
Unlike a typical injection that is done for pain relief, these injections do not immediately remove pain.
However, because the goal of PRP therapy is to heal you, the results are usually long term, often permanent. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.
As a clinic offering this type of treatment, we can confirm at least a few clinical cases where patients considered surgery, but thanks to PRP injection it was not needed.
ATP Physio Clinic has helped many people struggling with pain for a long time thanks to PRP therapy and post-treatment advice.