Platelet Rich Plasma for Orthopedic
Amit Rajguru, M.D. at Evolved Medical is an Lafayette PRP Sports Injury Specialist who uses PRP as a powerful biological tool in the treatment of sports related injuries and soft tissue damage due to overuse. Many types of athletes, which include gymnasts, golfers, football players, baseball players, runners, climbers, and basketball players can benefit from this cutting edge therapy. While not every athlete obtains an injury, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments still experience high levels of trauma due to excessive, rigorous training and overuse, as many athletes train for several hours per day to stay fit and to practice their given sport. Previously, painkillers and surgery were the main modalities of treatment for sports related injuries; however, Platelet Rich Plasma is another alternative that can help men and women to regenerate tissues and resolve pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma can help to treat numerous types of injuries, some of which include:
- ACL tears
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Rotator cuff tears
- PCL tears
- Medial and lateral meniscus tears
- Sprained ankles
How does Platelet Rich Plasma work to heal injuries?
Platelet Rich Plasma works with the body’s natural healing process to restore and regenerate tissue. When an injury occurs in the body, special parts of the blood, known as platelets run to the rescue to stop bleeding and repair the tissue. Platelets help to form scabs on the outside of the body, and they stimulate collagen production.
In Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, a very small amount of the patient’s own blood is taken and spun down in a centrifuge to obtain the platelets and growth factors. Then, the mixture is injected into the site of the injury or pain, and it works to rejuvenate tissue, while stimulating collagen production. Tendons, ligaments, and fascia all need collagen to be rejuvenated because most soft tissues are made with collagen. As tissues are regenerated, patients often experience pain reduction, improved range of motion, and healing.
While patients can often see results the same day, the growth factors and platelets work for several weeks in the healing of tissue, and full results can be seen after several weeks. Depending on the severity of the injuries, some patients may need several treatments to continually promote healing. Many patients have been able to obtain numerous benefits from Platelet Rich Plasma therapy.
Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma For Sports Injuries
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy provides athletes with a wide range of unique benefits that some other therapies cannot offer. Some of the advantages of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy include:
No Down Time
While surgery is sometimes necessary, it can require quite a bit of downtime; however, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy can be performed in under an hour and does not require athletes to stop their training for any significant amount of time.
Aside from a very small amount of sensation that can be felt at the injection site, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is relatively painless. Most patients do not feel any pain at all when they are undergoing PRP therapy.
Because Platelet Rich Plasma therapy works in the restoration of tissues, it can improve chronic or acute pain that is due to overuse, scar tissue, injuries, or even recent surgery. Many patients have been able to eliminate or reduce their painkillers with the help of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy.
Because of the platelets and growth factors, Platelet Rich Plasma can promote healing in several different types of tissues. It stimulates healing at the site of injection and helps in the regeneration of tendons, ligaments, and fascia. It can also be used post-surgery to speed up recovery time.
Because the platelets and growth factors are from the patient’s own body, there is no risk of allergic reactions, infections, or rejection of the PRP, as opposed to other therapies that may lead to side effects of unwanted reactions.
Lafayette PRP Sports Injury Specialist, Amit Rajguru, M.D. at Evolved Medical can help men and women to recover from their injuries and reduce pain with a specialized PRP protocol. At the first visit, Doctor Rajguru will obtain the patient’s full medical history, learn about treatment goals, and discuss treatment options. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy may be used in conjunction with other therapies, including medication, physical therapy, and pre or post surgery. Countless patients that have used Platelet Rich Plasma therapy have been able to regain their overall quality of life and get back to optimal levels of performance.