Top 5 Benefits of PRP Therapy at All Star Pain Management
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a regenerative injection procedure that has become extremely popular due to its tremendous effectiveness and minimal risk. Physicians have used PRP therapy for over 20 years to accelerate wound healing, enhance bone grafting, and reduce post-operative infection after surgery.
Over the past decade, orthopedic and pain management doctors in Maryland have seen excellent outcomes with PRP therapy for many bone, joint and soft tissue conditions.
Here are the top 5 benefits of PRP therapy:
No. 1: PRP Therapy can be used for Many Orthopedic Problems
PRP therapy has gained popularity over the last few years. Physicians are injecting platelet-rich plasma to treat chronic injuries and common orthopedic problems. Conditions treated with PRP injections include:
Rotator cuff tendinosis
Osteoarthritis in the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle
Chronic joint pain
SI joint arthritis
No. 2: PRP is a Healing Orthobiologic
An orthobiologic is something natural that helps the body heal itself, which is very different than a cortisone procedure that doesn’t heal tissues. PRP has the potential to rejuvenate body tissues and important structures, such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles. This treatment involves injecting components of the patient’s own blood directly into an injured or damaged area of the body. The introduction of the platelet-rich plasma catalyzes the body’s natural instincts to repair tissues.
Platelet-rich plasma is safely injected into the injured or damaged body region. After the injection, the patient may have a couple days of increased tenderness, but the full beneficial effect occurs within 2-3 weeks. In addition, PRP can be prepared in a unique way that allows it to be placed directly into torn tissues during surgical procedures.
No. 3: PRP Therapy is Extremely Safe
Clinical studies show that PRP injections are very safe, and there is little risk of complications or adverse reaction. Because the substance is autologous (from the patient’s own body), there is no risk of allergic reaction or rejection.
The injection leaves no scar, has a really low incidence of infection, and only takes around 30 minutes to perform the entire procedure. In addition, PRP therapy may help patients delay or avoid the need for potentially risky surgical intervention, and the procedure is associated with a short recovery time.
No. 4: PRP Therapy Involves Your OWN Blood
Not only is PRP therapy effective, there is no risk of rejection as it involves the patient’s own blood. Approximately 30 to 60 cc’s are drawn depending on the area being treated. The blood is then spun rapidly in a machine called a centrifuge, with the resulting middle layer being rich in platelets and growth factors.
This is then injected into the area being treated. Because it’s your own blood being injected at the same setting, the risk of infection is very low. There is also no risk of rejection because the blood was yours to begin with!
No. 5: PRP Therapy is Effective
PRP has several components that are critical in tissue repair. This includes concentraed platelets and over ten growth factors and cytokines. These elements help heal tissues and actually “call in” your own stem cells for repair as well.
Many clinical studies have shown the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma therapy. In a study where PRP injections were given to patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, researchers evaluated 20 people at a six-month follow-up. The subjects were injected with 5 mls of PRP to the affected joint at one-month intervals over a six month timeframe. Researchers found that patients had significant improvement in stiffness and lower pain scores compared to baseline values. Doppler ultrasound technology was used to assess synovial thickening, which improved after the injections.
Studies out of the Hospital for Special Surgery have shown the benefits of PRP therapy for knee arthritis as well. Only one injection was performed on over 30 patients, with the clinical and MRI benefits being seen for over a year!
For elbow tendonitis, a study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine looking at 30 patients showed tremendous benefit. The patients had tried all types of conservative therapies and were facing surgery as a last resort. Thankfully, PRP therapy provided amazing pain relief in 28 out of 30 patients with no surgery being necessary!
Dr. Zed Zamfirov at All Star Pain Management offers PRP therapy in Maryland at locations in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. Call us today!