Platelet-rich plasma therapy or PRP is a type of regenerative medicine that is being used today to jump-start the tissue healing process for patients with soft tissue injuries. PRP therapy began as a popular treatment for athletes who needed to recovery quickly and return to playing their sports. From there, the treatment became mainstream. Now, thousands of providers across many subspecialties offer PRP therapy to patients for a multitude of benefits. But, does PRP therapy actually work?
Ultrasound and MRI images show tissue repair as a result of PRP therapy. In one study where PRP therapy was used to treat muscle strains, there was evidence of faster healing and less swelling, allowing for a quick return to play. One of its biggest benefits of PRP therapy is its ability to relieve pain in patients with osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, and plantar fasciitis, in which pain symptoms are often chronic. Many are also able to delay or avoid surgery through PRP therapy.
PRP injections work to reduce inflammation, which in turn relieves pain, and the results are both immediate and long-lasting, allowing you to return to your normal activities. If you, like many Americans, are suffering from chronic pain due to a soft tissue injury, here are a few more benefits of PRP that you should know about.
Effectively Treats Chronic Injuries
Injuries that do not resolve in a reasonable timeframe and are unresponsive to other treatments have shown to respond well to PRP therapy injections. It is because PRP therapy jump-starts the body’s healing process, where it may have stalled due to chronic inflammation and other factors. As such, even people with old injuries that simply didn’t heal properly can benefit from PRP therapy.
Chronic inflammation can prevent complete recovery from an injury, which can result in reinjury. Moreover, severe injuries can take months or years to heal, which can sideline you and prevent you from participating in activities that are important to you. In the case of osteoarthritis, chronic inflammation can damage the joint and other soft tissues. With PRP therapy injections, the damage from the disease is reduced by controlling the inflammation and swelling. With reduced inflammation, injuries heal faster. Patients with osteoarthritis have less chronic pain as a result. Patients with injuries that aren’t healing fast enough get to speed up the healing process, so they live with chronic pain for a shorter period of time.
PRP therapy injections are minimally invasive, using only a thin needle to extract the blood and then reinjecting it back into the site of the injury also using an injection. Often, when patients undergo surgery as treatment, the postoperative pain is very severe. With PRP therapy injections, the only sensation you feel is a pinprick from the extraction of the blood and when the platelet-rich plasma is delivered into the injury site.
No Recovery Period
Often with therapy treatments, patients enter a recovery period. With PRP therapy injections, there is virtually no recovery time following the procedure. You can resume normal activities soon after the procedure. In the days and weeks following the therapy, you are likely to feel minor soreness and aching in the injury site. This is a sign that the PRP therapy is working. Soon after, your symptoms will subside with a significant reduction in chronic pain, as well.
No Harmful Side Effects
Since the blood extracted for PRP therapy is your own, there is little to no chance of you experiencing negative side effects that may come from rejection or allergic reactions.
PRP Therapy for Chronic Pain in Austin, Cedar Park, and Marble Falls
The pain management experts at Balcones Pain Consultants use cutting edge noninvasive therapies to boost healing and provide pain relief. Treating injuries early before the damage has spread increases your chances of avoiding surgery. If you are interested in PRP therapy for chronic pain, call (512) 834-4141 or request an appointment online now