Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative technique that harnesses and targets the body’s own natural healing abilities. Platelet-rich plasma has several effective uses, including the treatment of chronic and acute musculoskeletal injuries. If you’re interested in finding out whether PRP therapy is right for you and you live in Boca Raton, consider speaking with a highly trained provider at Huma-Netics.
How PRP Therapy Works
PRP therapy requires drawing a small amount of your blood and processing it to separate its components. Injections of plasma are prepared that have a higher than normal concentration of platelets. These injections are administered into the injury site. PRP therapy does not superficially mask symptoms; rather, it works to accelerate the healing process to aid in recovery. The platelet-rich plasma contains significant levels of growth factors and other substances that activate the healing process.
What PRP Therapy Can Treat
PRP therapy has multiple application possibilities throughout the body. A provider can inject it into the foot or ankle region for the treatment of painful plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, or even ankle sprains. PRP injections can be appropriate for injuries of the upper extremities, including ligament tears and carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s useful for helping patients recover from lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, and for treating various injuries to the knee such as meniscus tears, patellar tendinitis, and tears of the ACL, MCL, LCL, and PCL. Patients may see a PRP therapy provider after being diagnosed with rotator cuff tears, facet joint arthritis, hamstring tendinitis, and a plethora of other orthopedic conditions.
How Safe PRP Therapy Is
With any new treatment, one major concern patients have is how safe it is. It’s always important for individuals to be fully informed of the potential risks and side effects of a treatment, but the good news is that PRP injections are quite safe. They rely on the use of the patient’s own blood, which means there is no chance of having an allergic reaction or other adverse reaction to the injection. As with any other type of injection, some patients may notice some minor, temporary skin reactions such as redness.