How Do PRP Injections Speed Up the Healing Process?Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 2:23 pm
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are the latest treatment trend in sports medicine and orthopedics. Joint injuries can take several weeks, sometimes months to heal. PRP injections accelerate the healing process by using your own body’s naturally occurring healing cells to promote healing within a joint. This type of treatment is particularly popular among athletes who have sustained injuries and need to get back in the game sooner.
How Do PRP Injections Work?
To prepare the platelet-rich plasma for the injection, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient. The blood is collected in a vile that is put into a centrifuge, a machine that spins blood until the components can be easily separated. The platelets and plasma are then removed from the remaining portions of the blood and put into a syringe so that they may be injected into the site of the injury.
Platelets are a component of human blood that is essential in the clotting process. Platelets also play an important part in the healing process. By injecting a concentrated amount of platelets gathered from the patient into an injured joint, the healing process is accelerated.
Do PRP Injections Really Work?
Tendon injuries are difficult to heal because they are supported by a fairly poor blood supply. Our blood helps us heal, but if the site of an injury isn’t getting enough blood, then healing takes longer and more scar tissue is developed during the process. Scar tissue in joint injuries can cause re-injury, as well as discomfort. By directly injection a high concentration of platelets to the joint, healing is essentially jump-started. Many popular athletes such as Tiger Woods have undergone PRP Therapy, and find that it has helped them greatly.
Do PRP Injections Hurt?
The injection itself feels like a minor pinch, however, some people have reported feeling soreness at the injection site. This doesn’t last very long or cause further complications. PRP Therapy is a conservative, minimally invasive treatment.
Are You A Candidate for PRP Injections? Contact Dr. Troy Watson to Find Out.
To learn more about PRP injections, or any treatments we offer, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Troy Watson. We are located in Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas, and we can be reached at 702.731.1616. We look forward to hearing from you!