What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a type of regenerative injection used to promote the healing of sports injuries such as muscle, tendon, or ligament injuries, cartilage repair, or chronic sprains. PRP therapy uses regenerative cells found in the body to accelerate and promote the healing process. The procedure involves injecting platelets into the injury site using ultrasound or fluoroscopy to ensure it reaches the correct location.
What Conditions are commonly Treated with PRP Treatment?
PRP therapy can be used to treat sports-related injuries, arthritis, signs of aging or scarring in facial tissues, alopecia, and fractures, to name a few problems. However, with regards to specific sports injuries, PRP injections are useful in the treatment of:
- Ligament and muscle tears and sprains
- Chronic pain or joint disease such as arthritis
- Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow (tendonitis)
- Knee injuries, such as meniscus and ACL tears
- Shoulder injuries such as SLAP tears or rotator cuff tears
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
PRP for Muscle Tears & Tendon Repairs
If you injure yourself during sport, your body naturally sets off a healing process. Platelets are activated, which help build new connective tissue. Platelets are small cells in your blood that stimulate the healing of soft tissues and bone. They contain growth factors, proteins, and cytokines that help reduce inflammation, accelerate healing, and form new tissue development.
Your blood normally contains a ratio of 93% red blood cells, 6% platelets, and 1% white blood cells. In PRP therapy, this ratio is changed to 94% platelets and 5% red blood cells. To do this, your blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge. The plasma and platelets are removed from the separated blood product, ready to re-inject. It is then re-injected to the site of injury or disease to accelerate healing and promote tissue regeneration.
PRP injections are minimally invasive and can be used in most parts of the body to enhance healing and reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. Recovery time is short, with little to no scarring, and it utilizes a natural substance from your own body. Clinicians can also use PRP therapy to alleviate symptoms if there is a long wait for joint replacement surgery or delay the requirement for joint replacement surgery.
PRP Therapy at Apollo Medical Associates
Our highly trained medical professionals offer Colorado Springs PRP therapy as well as hormone replacement therapy, medical weight loss, and aesthetic medicine servicess. With years of experience, our clinicians will fully assess if PRP injections are the right course of action for your sports injury. PRP therapy is minimally invasive and can be done on the same day as your consultation.