PRP therapy is a treatment that is used to heal the tissue of damaged tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It is even used to stimulate hair growth. The term PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. This type of therapy focuses on using the platelets from the patient’s body and injecting it into the affected area. By injecting your own platelets into an inflamed and problematic area, the rate of healing is increased, which helps the individual recover faster and more successfully.
The process of getting PRP therapy is straightforward. A trained member of our team collects blood from the patient. The collected blood is then placed into a special machine that spins rapidly and separates the platelets from the other components in the blood. The concentration of the separated platelets is so much stronger than its mixed counterpart. The concentrated platelets are then injected into the desired site. The therapy promotes gradual and steady healing. Signs of improvement may be seen in just weeks.
Candidates for this treatment include individuals suffering from the following: osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and constant pain in the knees, shoulders, elbows, and other joints. Physically active individuals who have sports-related injuries, such as tennis elbow and runner’s knee, are also good candidates for PRP therapy. Individuals who experience chronic and persistent pain should consider PRP therapy because several studies show that increased platelets help bring down the inflammation and regenerate the damaged area.
There are many advantages to getting PRP therapy. One benefit is that there are little to no side effects. Since the patient is being injected with their own platelets, the body already recognizes the fluids that are entering their body. Adverse side effects from the injection are not likely to be experienced. Another benefit of PRP therapy is that recovery occurs at a steady rate. The injections help increase the speed of regeneration so the affected area will only get stronger and stronger over time.
Schedule your consultation at Olsen Orthopedics to learn more information about PRP therapy. Our office is conveniently located in Oklahoma City, OK. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started.