Platelet-rich plasma therapy can help with injured joints and other causes of pain. PRP injections use parts of your blood to reduce pain and speed up healing.
Benefits of PRP Injections
Some body parts have a hard time healing. For example, ligaments and tendons that connect bones and muscles don’t get much blood from the body. That’s why tissue sprains and strains heal slowly.
Some of the conditions that PRP injections can help heal include:
- Achilles tendon tears
- Plantar fasciitis
- Meniscus tears in the knee
- Rotator cuff tears in the shoulder
- Injuries to the spine, hip, or elbow
How PRP Injections Work
The platelet-rich plasma therapy process begins with a sample of your blood. It is spun around in a centrifuge that separates it into platelets, plasma, and red and white blood cells. The platelets are then concentrated and mixed with some of the plasma.
A doctor then administers the PRP injection into your damaged tissues, and your immune system reacts quickly. Special white blood cells called macrophages rush in. They take away damaged cells and help prep the site for healing.
Then, stem cells and other cells begin to multiply. Over time, they repair and rebuild damaged tissues.
You can go home after the injection, though you may need to come back for more PRP injections as you heal.
Schedule a Consultation
PRP injections can help treat and eliminate the cause of your pain. Schedule an appointment with IBJI to see if platelet-rich plasma therapy is right for you.