Specifically, this rapidly emerging technique shows exciting potential for meniscus tear treatment, knee pain treatment and general chronic pain management for shoulders, hips, rotator cuff tears, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries as well as back and neck injuries, just to name a few. In the world of professional sports, PRP therapy has earned an acclaimed reputation for sports injuries including ligament sprains, tendon tears and chronic inflammation. This new non-surgical treatment relieves pain, promotes permanent healing and averts the need for surgery. PRP treatment is revolutionizing the way we treat acute and chronic pain.
So how does it work? Similar to blood drawn in a lab for testing, PRP is a simple procedure. A small sample of your blood is drawn, then put into a centrifuge. This apparatus spins the blood at high speeds which isolates the platelets from other components in the blood. This produces a concentration of platelet rich plasma that is then injected into and around the point of injury. The process jump starts and strengthens the healing signal to the body and, because your own blood is used, the risk of a transmissible infection is eliminated. Leading orthopedic specialists have introduced PRP therapy to treat damaged cartilage, tendon, ligament or even bone. The amazing aspect of this procedure is that it is exactly how the body normally heals and repairs itself. In some cases, however, the tissues (cartilage, tendon, ligament) often lack the necessary blood supply that draws these platelets into the injured area, thus PRP therapy has been proven to initiate a totally natural process. The procedure takes one to two hours, including prep and recovery time.