Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy harnesses the body’s innate healing abilities to promote tissue repair and regeneration. Researchers have recently discovered the potential for PRP to incite the body’s self-healing mechanisms when studying its reaction to its own blood. Professional athletes have embraced this natural treatment for a variety of injuries, including sprained knees, chronic tendon issues, shoulder injuries, and elbow problems, which are commonly treated with medication, physical therapy, or even surgery in severe cases. PRP has proven to be an effective and fast-acting solution to get athletes back in action. By tapping into an individual’s natural healing system, we facilitate self-healing with PRP injections. Unlike anti-inflammatory drugs or narcotics, PRP is derived from the patient’s blood and used to stimulate the body’s own healing process.
What Conditions Can This Program Help
At East Village Physical Medicine, we have successfully implemented Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat patients suffering from chronic tendonitis, abnormality in tendons (such as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow), injured rotator cuff, and even tears. This treatment has helped our patients improve their body function and experience less pain. In fact, a significant percentage of our patients have witnessed the complete healing of torn tendons. Patients with arthritis have also reported significant results as this therapy has demonstrated a notable response to this condition, especially when initiated early.
Although we have not yet demonstrated new cartilage production with this therapy, after a year of treatment, we have systematically observed no progression of arthritis, and our patients seem to be doing much better. It is worth noting that patients need to take some relative rest for the first two weeks.
PRP therapy employs the vital role of platelet activation in the process of wound and soft tissue healing. This technique involves using a portion of the patient’s blood that has a concentration of platelets higher than the baseline to stimulate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, thereby addressing various musculoskeletal problems.
How PRP Therapy Works
PRP therapy works by utilizing the body’s natural healing abilities. The process involves collecting a small amount of the patient’s blood and processing it in a centrifuge machine to concentrate the platelets. Platelets contain growth factors, which play a vital role in healing and regeneration. The concentrated platelets are then injected into the affected area, where they stimulate the body’s natural healing process by accelerating tissue repair and regeneration. The growth factors present in the PRP promote the formation of new blood vessels, which help supply the injured tissue with essential nutrients and oxygen, leading to faster healing. The therapy is minimally invasive, safe, and can be performed in-office, making it an attractive option for many patients.
To determine if our program is right for you, please contact East Village Physical Medicine in New York, NY at (332) 239-2230 or click below to schedule an appointment and learn more about our Advanced Joint Pain Relief Program.