Did you know that there’s a secret treatment professional athletes have been using for years to recover more quickly in between competitions, intense training sessions and even injuries? It might seem like magic, but there’s a procedure that can go along way to address conditions like inflammation from joint sprains, arthritis, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, and a host of other issues?
It’s called Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, more often called Plasma Therapy or PRP Therapy. So let’s take a look into the top three ways that PRP Therapy works for athletes of all backgrounds, sports and intensity levels.
1. It doesn’t require any sort of operation.
This is a critical component of why this treatment is so advantageous. Whereas there is some consideration for aftercare, PRP Therapy only takes about an hour out of your schedule. And with a mobile clinic like ours, we can come to you to make it as quick and frustration-free as possible.
The procedure basically comes down to intravenously inserting platelets into your bloodstream. These platelets have properties that work with your natural healing system to maximize your own body’s regenerative function. Whereas your body already has platelets in it, adding these additional ones is the secret to making the treatment so effective.
It basically enables your body to recover more quickly and fix problems with a more concentrated outlook — and all without having to go under the knife!
2. We use your own platelets in your plasma.
The procedure begins with a small blood draw. It’s nothing to worry about — your body makes more blood, regenerating itself automatically. That blood is then put into a centrifuge and the blood cells and platelets are separated. From here, they are reconstituted into a plasma solution and then injected back into your body.
What this does is concentrates more platelets into the region where they’re needed most. The body does this at its own pace, but the key here is that those with increased physical activity can sometimes develop more acute overuse injuries and overall exhaustion.
3. It treats a whole host of conditions.
Some injuries can be outright debilitating. A runner suffering from plantar fasciitis sometimes can’t even walk with the condition. Tennis elbow, although a mundane-enough name, can impede your workday in a multitude of ways — from typing at a computer to bearing with the pain during a meeting with your boss. But the list of conditions that PRP Therapy can treat are extensive.
Keep in mind, this is not an all-inclusive list by any means, but if you have an ache or pain similar to one of these below, you should call us to find out if PRP Therapy might be right for you.
It’s great for treating:
- Ankle sprains
- Joint pain
- Shoulder tears
- Lower-back pain
- Much more
Things to Keep in Mind
PRP Therapy will often take a few sessions to ensure that it’s thoroughly administered. Whereas you will likely notice surge of energy for days following the average PRP Therapy treatment, caring for the particular condition itself might take a few weeks, whereas the condition would likely take three times as long to fully heal on its own.
To allow for maximum recuperation during therapy, it’s important to not take over the counter NSAIDs like Tylenol or Advil. Make sure to consult with our healthcare team before you take any sort of medication or supplement either leading up to or following the procedure — just in case!
So if you have experienced any of the symptoms mentioned above, or in general are curious about using PRP Therapy during your next competition season for better performance, make sure and give us a call to schedule your free consultation.