The body uses natural substances to heal itself, and advances in medicine have found ways to harness the body’s healing properties and boost it to support rehabilitation and recovery. Growth factors, which are contained in the platelets, play an important part in tissue repair and wound healing.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is one example of a regenerative treatment that boosts the body’s ability to repair damaged tissues. It is highly beneficial for patients with orthopedic injuries. There are many benefits to this innovative treatment. Let’s talk about the ways PRP therapy can benefit you.
#1 A Natural Solution
PRP therapy involves getting a sample of your blood, separating its components, getting the platelet-rich plasma by concentrating it through centrifugation and reinjecting the concentrated platelet-rich plasma back into the body. The platelet-rich plasma is completely natural and derived from the patient’s own body, therefore there is little to no risk of rejection or allergic reactions.
#2 Accelerate Healing
Slow healing can occur due to the location of the injury or the lack of adequate blood supply. The patient’s overall health can also influence the speed of healing. One of the benefits of PRP therapy is that it helps accelerate the healing of an injury. Platelets are what rush to the site of injury to stop bleeding and begin the process of repair. The plasma injected into the injured site contains a much higher concentration of platelets than what’s normally found in the area.
#3 Relieve Pain
PRP therapy also helps with inflammation and the prevention of pain progression. It is used in patients with chronic injuries or degenerative diseases such as arthritis. Inflammation is part of the body’s healing process, however, too much of it does more harm than good. PRP injections contain properties that control inflammation and supply cytokines, which are natural proteins and bioactive growth factors, to the site of injury. As PRP therapy jumpstarts the tissue repair process, pain begins to decrease.
#4 Restore Function
The earliest use of PRP therapy was in the treatment of athletes with sports injuries. Athletes have specific needs, such as a need for a quick return to their sport. PRP therapy, with its effect on inflammation and healing processes, eases pain. When pain eases, patients can begin their physical therapy and rehabilitation program, which are critical in restoring peak performance.
#5 Treat a Wide Range of Musculoskeletal Conditions
PRP therapy can be used as a complementary therapy for treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, torn knee ligaments, tendonitis (golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, and jumper’s knee), rotator cuff tears, osteoarthritis, as well as relieve pain from bulging discs and degenerative disc disease. Its application possibilities are limitless!
PRP Therapy in Mankato, Minnesota
Our health care providers at Between the Bridges Healing Center provide platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and other regenerative medicine treatments to patients with orthopedic conditions who want pain relief and improved function.
Dr. Jeffrey Kotulski is highly experienced in administering PRP therapy and regularly performs the treatment. Our staff of compassionate and friendly health care professionals is committed to helping you achieve an optimal level of health.
If you have any questions or to schedule a consultation, call our clinic today at (507) 388-7488 or use our convenient appointment request form. We look forward to your call.