How PRP Therapy Can Help Your Body Heal

How PRP Therapy Can Help Your Body Heal

Do you have a soft tissue injury like tendonitis or plantar fasciitis? Perhaps you have painful osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. You’re seeking relief. 

Orthopedic surgeons today have options to help you that weren’t widely available even a decade or two ago, thanks to advances in regenerative medicine. Our board-certified regenerative medicine physician with Urgently Ortho in Scottsdale, Arizona, provides platelet-rich plasma therapy to help you heal faster from an injury and relieve your pain. 

What is platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a form of regenerative medicine that uses your own blood to help you heal and ease physical pain. It’s an all-natural approach that can in some instances help you reduce or eliminate pain medication. Research also shows that PRP, when combined with other therapies, helps you heal faster from an injury. 

What happens during a PRP appointment? 

PRP is a minimally invasive therapy. Your doctor explains the approach and what’s going to happen. Our staff takes tubes of your blood and remixes it in a special way to help aid your musculoskeletal problems. We mix your blood in a machine called a centrifuge. This process forms a concentrated mass of your blood platelets. 

We inject the remixed blood with the mass of blood platelets into the painful area of your body, whether it’s a tendon, ligament, muscle, or joint. Your regenerative medicine physician uses ultrasound to guide the injection to ensure it’s targeting the injury correctly and in the right place. 

How does PRP help me heal and ease pain?

The platelets are special types of cells that help your blood clot. The name is appropriate because they look like tiny plates under a microscope, which is the only way you can see them. 

When your body is damaged through an injury or arthritis, the “plates” become activated and change shape to reach out to the damaged body part. They also release substances called growth factors. These nutrient-rich growth factors trigger the platelet cells to repair the damage to your tissue and stimulate healing. 

PRP is becoming a mainstream therapy. Its popularity has increased in part because celebrities such as Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez have been treated with PRP for musculoskeletal injuries with good results.

The news that celebrities are using PRP probably stimulated more recent research on it, which shows its efficacy for knee arthritis as well as promise for osteoarthritis of the hip, ankle, and other areas. 

Orthopedic practices are increasingly using PRP to treat soft tissue tendon injuries such as patellar tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Studies show that PRP therapy for muscle strains is effective and leads to faster healing. Our Urgently Ortho practice is in the forefront in treating musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis with PRP.

Call or message Urgently Ortho today to see if platelet-rich plasma therapy might be an appropriate solution for your musculoskeletal pain.

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