What Makes PRP Therapy So Effective?

Do you experience physical pain often or very often? If you do, you’re not alone. A 2017 National Bureau of Economic Research paper found that 34.1% of all Americans report dealing with pain on a daily or monthly basis. For many Americans, this pain often comes from their muscles, joints, and tendons. These tissues often heal slowly, even with physical therapy and a doctor’s guiding hand.

Corticosteroid shots have often been used to relieve pain in these areas. While they can provide short-term relief, they don’t promote healing, and more shots are often needed in the future. Instead of corticosteroid shots, doctors are now turning to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. These shots, which use the plasma found in a patient’s own blood, can speed up healing while also delivering pain relief.

You don’t have to suffer from muscle, joint, and tendon pain. Arash A. Dini, MD, will work with you to set up a custom plan to treat your pain. Through PRP therapy and other techniques, he can help your injured tissue heal and thereby reduce or eliminate your pain.

Basics of PRP therapy

Your blood accomplishes a lot as it flows through your body, and platelets do a lot of the heavy lifting. In addition to being the component that enables clotting to seal a wound, platelets also act as growth factors to help your body repair damaged tissue. It stands to reason, then, that an infusion of platelets can support post-surgical healing and decrease your recovery time.

Tendons, joints, and on a lesser scale, muscles, don’t get as much blood as other parts of your body, and therefore they can take longer to heal. A flood of platelets can offer a much needed boost. 

How PRP therapy is performed

During a PRP treatment, a small sample of your blood is taken. It’s then processed to separate out the platelets, which will be used to create a concentrated platelet-rich plasma serum.

After applying a local anesthetic, Dr. Dini injects the serum into the injured tissue. The concentrated platelets, which contain 5-10 times more growth factors than normal blood, immediately go to work once injected, stimulating and supporting your body’s ability to repair cells and regrow healthy tissue.

The effectiveness of PRP therapy

A recent study compared PRP therapy and corticosteroid shots in patients with tennis elbow. Although the corticosteroid shots provided more immediate pain relief, PRP therapy won out. After 26 weeks, patients who received PRP therapy experienced less pain and had gained more movement. A year after the trial, PRP’s advantage held up. Patients had a 64% improvement in pain and an 84% improvement in movement.

Dr. Dini has seen PRP therapy work for a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including:

If you have muscle, tendon, or joint pain, PRP therapy may help lessen or eliminate your pain and promote healing. To see if PRP therapy is right for you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Arash A. Dini, MD, today.

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