Musculoskeletal pain originates in specific regions of your body. These include the bones, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and muscles.
There are several approaches used to treat these problems. One promising approach is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
Developed in the 1970s, this therapy harnesses the healing properties of one’s own blood cells to stimulate soft tissue healing and relieve pain.
Platelets within the blood have significant regenerative properties that also draw upon the help of stem cells. This interventional therapy involves harvesting the patient’s own blood. Once the blood is collected it is spun in a centrifuge to yield a concentrated solution of platelets. This highly concentrated solution is then immediately injected into the treatment area. PRP essentially activates the body’s own healing and regenerating response.
PRP has applications in painful musculoskeletal conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, tears in the ACL injuries, ligament sprains, ankle sprains and injuries, tennis and golf elbow, plantar fasciitis and other conditions. The treatment is useful in areas of the body where blood supply is limited which prevents the body from being able to heal itself. PRP injections can bypass the inhibited vascular access and directly target the site of pain.
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