PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections are revolutionizing the sports rehabilitation industry and it’s easy to see why. According to a study performed by The University of Alberta, PRP injections facilitate a structural change in the healing process and improve both pain and functionality.
At the offices of Joshua D. Harris, MD, your orthopedic health is our greatest priority. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive knowledge and innovative procedures. That’s why we provide you with PRP injections, which we love for their convenience and effectiveness. Discover why PRP injections are changing the sports rehabilitation industry.
The PRP in PRP injections is short for platelet-rich plasma. It’s named as such because the procedure first involves taking a sample of your blood. This sample is then run through a centrifuge that extracts the platelets from your blood, forming a serum. This serum is then injected into the part of your body that requires treatment.
These injections work because your blood holds proteins that facilitate the healing process in areas of your body that have been damaged. The platelet-rich plasma reduces inflammation and begins the healing process in damaged tissue.
Essentially, PRP therapy works by stimulating your body’s natural healing process. And this process is made possible by the high concentration of platelets that are in a PRP injection. Each injection contains about 5-10 times the concentration of platelets found normally in your blood.
A PRP injection is a simple outpatient procedure. So, its application can fit conveniently into your busy schedule. There’s no anesthesia, downtime, or a long period of recovery that’s required.
Because the injection solution couldn’t be any more natural—it’s your blood, after all—side effects are limited. Your body doesn’t see the solution as a foreign substance, so you won’t have any reactions.
Because PRP has proven effective in improving function, decreasing pain, and targeting inflammation, it does decrease the necessity for anti-inflammatories. This is good for those who rely on Ibuprofen, steroids, and opioids, all of which can be quite physically damaging to your body and potentially habit-forming.
If you have a serious sports injury and have been searching for a safe, convenient, and effective solution, PRP injections could be the perfect solution for you. Learn more about this revolutionary new procedure right on our website, and call us or book an appointment online today.