PRP therapy is one of the most promising new treatments for patients with acute and chronic pain. This treatment belongs to the growing field of orthobiologics, wherein substances derived from your body are used to stimulate natural tissue healing and regeneration. Our orthopedic specialists identify and treat the root cause of your chronic pain using naturally-derived platelet-rich plasmas and stem cells. This is the most natural method of healing your muscles, tendons, joints, cartilage, and ligaments.
What is PRP?
The human blood consists of plasma, a combination of water and proteins that facilitates the circulation of red and white blood cells through the veins. Plasma is essential because it purifies the body, fights infections, and prevents blood disorders that lead to vascular degeneration. The plasma also carries platelets with growth factors, components responsible for most of your body’s natural healing and growth activities. When you’re injured, the platelets and growth factors rush to the injured site to repair the damage, form blood clots, and facilitate cellular regeneration.
PRP, short for platelet-rich plasma, is a special preparation consisting of a high concentration of platelets and growth factors. The orthopedic specialist draws a small sample of your blood via a syringe and places it in a centrifuge. When activated, the centrifuge spins your blood to separate the platelet-rich plasma from other components of your blood. The golden-colored PRP is drawn into a syringe and injected into the damaged tissues, such as your joints, cartilage, tendons, and muscles, to heal the root cause of chronic pain.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
PRP therapy involves injecting platelets rich with growth factors into the injured sites, such as the damaged bones, cartilages, tendons, and muscles. The growth factors in PRP facilitate cellular regeneration, encouraging your body to heal itself. This is a fairly new and innovative technique that has shown brilliant results in shortening the recovery process after injuries. It can facilitate bone healing, soft tissue healing, and recovery after surgeries. Because of simplicity and safety, PRP therapy is broadly used in sports medicine.
High school athletes, college athletes, and other individuals with active lifestyles often experience chronic pain because of the overuse of the tendons or joints. Overuse can lead to tendon tears in the knees or elbows, leading to scar tissue formations. The accumulation of scar tissue minimizes blood circulation to the injured site, and the tendons already have poor circulation. The growth factors in PRP Injections can bring essential nutrients and vitamins to the injured site, stimulating natural tissue regeneration and healing.
Benefits of PRP Therapy:
- Non-invasive treatment
- No incisions or scarring
- Facilitates natural tissue regeneration
- Improves blood circulation
- Heals the root cause of chronic pain
- No harsh side effects or complications
- No downtime or extended recovery period
Clinical Research on PRP Therapy
Research into the efficacy of PRP therapy in sports medicine is still ongoing, but there are numerous case studies about its immense benefits. This is one of the safest means of encouraging your body to heal itself, addressing the root cause of ligament and tendon problems, joint disorders, and other causes of chronic pain. PRP therapy has especially found massive utility in sports medicine, allowing patients with sports injuries to recover faster than ever before.
How is PRP Therapy Done?
PRP therapy is a simple, in-office procedure that concludes within an hour. After evaluating your condition and diagnosing the root cause of chronic pain, our physicians draw a small sample of your blood via a syringe. Your blood is spun in a centrifuge to isolate the platelet-rich plasma, which is then injected into the injured joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or cartilages. You can resume your daily activities immediately after the treatment — there’s no downtime, harsh side effects, or complications.
Schedule an Appointment
Movement Orthopaedic Institute is a state-of-the-art medical center specializing in sports medicine and orthobiologics. Our orthopedic surgeons diagnose the root cause of your chronic pain using advanced imaging techniques, such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and ultrasound scans. They curate personalized orthobiologic treatment plans to make your body heal itself — no incisions, scars, downtime, or complications. Please schedule an appointment to explore your PRP therapy options in the Houston area.