Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is part of the regenerative medicine approach used at Regenesys Physical Medicine in Frisco, Texas. It’s an innovative therapy that boosts your body’s natural healing abilities. PRP is an effective treatment for issues such as tendonitis, bursitis, and other painful conditions that are often slow to heal. If you live in or near Frisco or Little Elm, call today or book your visit online for more information about PRP therapy.
PRP is a nonsurgical treatment that uses substances found in your own blood to promote your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Your blood contains plasma, platelets, red cells, and white cells. PRP therapy focuses on plasma and platelets. The plasma is the liquid part of your blood and is made mostly of water that contains electrolytes (salts) and various proteins such as albumin.
Platelets secrete substances called growth factors and other proteins that regulate cell division, stimulate tissue regeneration, and encourage healing. For PRP therapy, platelets and plasma are separated from the white and red cells in a blood sample. This concentrated platelet-rich plasma is then delivered to the damaged area via injection.
It’s believed that platelet-rich plasma can:
PRP is effective for a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, especially when combined with other regenerative treatments. It’s important to note that PRP does not contain high concentrations of stem cells and should not be confused with amniotic stem cell therapy, which can actually grow new cells of various tissues. But PRP does attract stem cells to the injured area.
The team at Regenesys Physical Medicine may recommend PRP therapy for:
PRP starts with drawing a small sample of your blood that’s then placed in the centrifuge, which spins rapidly and separates the platelets and plasma in your blood from the red and white cells. The PRP is then extracted and injected into the damaged or diseased tissue.
Ultrasound is typically used to guide PRP injections into a joint or other hard-to-define regions so that the injected material is delivered to the correct area. Most patients report only minimal discomfort with the injection, and the site can be numbed first with local anesthetic if you prefer.
Because the PRP is taken from your own blood supply, the risk of infection or other issues sometimes associated with joint injections is low. Rest assured that the injection process and aftercare are discussed in detail before you undergo PRP therapy.
If anti-inflammatories aren’t relieving your tendonitis, you may want to consider PRP. Tendonitis, which is an inflammation of a tendon, is a common condition that can affect your shoulders, elbows, wrists, or knees from overuse. As a common sports injury, you may know tendonitis better when it’s referred to as swimmer’s shoulder, tennis elbow, or golfer’s elbow.
PRP got its start as a treatment for sports injuries. As the leading medical clinic in Frisco offering advanced and revolutionary regenerative medical treatments, our providers use PRP as a treatment option for a number of sports injuries, including:
PRP is also used to help speed up healing after surgery, such as repair of a rotator cuff.
PRP injections can reduce inflammation and help repair damage to cartilage other soft tissues in your knee. This can lead to improved mobility and function. If osteoarthritis in your knees is affecting your quality of life, the Regenesys Physical Medicine team is prepared to help get you back to your favorite activities.
If you are struggling with knee pain or osteoarthritis, call or schedule an appointment online with our provider team in Frisco today.