What you should know about PRP. Platelet Rich Plasma.
Are you athletic or come from an athletic background?
Here are some reasons you really need to learn more about PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Regenerative Injections.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) has gotten increased attention due to Kobe Bryant going to Germany to receive PRP treatments for his multiple knee injuries. Now the treatment has gotten more mainstream because it has seen successful clinical results.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a component of blood that contains stem cells an growth factors. These platelets are extracted from your own blood and activated to be injected back into your injured/affected joint. This in turn, will improve the structural integrity of the joint space by repairing the damaged ligament, tendon, or connective tissue. The PRP (platelet rich plasma) activates another healing response in addition to the stem cells differentiating (changing) into a ligament cell or cartilage cell (for instance).
Previous Injury – “I know every athlete has experienced some sort of injury”
Every sport, game after game – every athlete experiences some sort of injury. From a twisted ankle, sprained knee, shoulder stinger, to all those bumps and bruises. These injuries heal after some time but it never seems to heal 100%. Re-injury is common and possible a more serious injury may ensue because of the bodies compensation or change in biomechanics. For the longevity of your body and the ability to play at your highest level – PRP injections are important in treatment of your chronic injuries.
2. The Bodies Healing Mechanism
The body only has the ability to be a “patch & repair” system. For instance, an athlete slightly tears 1 of their rotator cuff tendons. The body will mount an inflammatory healing cascade to bring growth factors and calcium to the affected joint. After several days, the inflammation subsides, but calcium deposits into the tendon/ligament to try and “patch & repair” the affected connective tissue. For the next upcoming weeks, months, years – the calcium restored ligament/tendon builds up more “scar tissue” and the athletes loses more and more movement & mobility of the joint.
One can do as much physical therapy exercises, E-stim, ultrasound, icing, foam roller, TENs unit, acupuncture, massage therapy, or chiropractic work as they wish but nothing will ever repair the damaged ligament or tendon to optimal structure and function besides PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections, Prolotherapy injections, Stem Cell injections, or Surgical procedures (orthopedic medicine). These modalities actually go within the joint space (internal), while all of the other interventions are external modalities.
3. Perform at the highest level on the biggest stages. “Prevent Injuries”
As an athlete, injuries are common and sometimes unavoidable. All of the hours in the gym or on the track – training to be the best and reach your peak performance. Practice makes perfect and dedication to your craft is of utmost importance. But a serious injury can set you back months or even years. It may prevent you from reaching the pros or the collegiate level. PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections may provide you the joint stability and function to perform your best when it counts.
PRP regenerative injections have an inflammatory effect to the joint but that leads to increased healing. This mechanism is opposite from the conventional cortisone injection which has an anti-inflammatory effect but the steroid injection degrades the joint capsule. Orthopedic doctors and surgeons only recommend 3 cortisone injections into 1 single joint because it has significant detrimental effects to the joint.
PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections is a non-surgical intervention that doesn’t require long period of down-time of inability to move and exercise. Most athletes experience 1-3 days of soreness or a fullness feeling which then subsides.