Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is steadily gaining popularity for use in treating musculoskeletal conditions, especially knee pain. Currently, PRP therapy is used to treat athletes with injuries in order to speed up the healing process.
The goal is to get the patient back on track as quickly as possible. For this reason, athletes are among the beneficiaries of PRP therapy. But how well does PRP therapy work?
What Is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is a procedure that involves harvesting a small sample of your blood, placing it in a centrifuge, and injecting the platelet-rich plasma directly into the site of injury. The highly concentrated growth and healing factors in your blood plasma help to boost your body’s natural healing process.
Most physicians and research bodies agree that PRP therapy holds promise. The effectiveness, however, is still limited to joint pain and similar musculoskeletal issues. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons acknowledges the potential of PRP therapy to treat certain orthopedic conditions without surgery and with virtually no risks.
What Is PRP Used For?
PRP therapy is an important part of a treatment plan for musculoskeletal issues, including joint pain from an injury or from arthritis. When used on patients, PRP therapy works best in conjunction with other pain treatment methods, and it greatly reduces the patient’s pain levels. And with reduced pain, the patient has improved function, mobility, and quality of life.
In a clinical study on the effectiveness of PRP therapy, 230 patients with painful tennis elbow were treated with PRP injections. The results were positive: After 24 weeks, over 80% of patients who received PRP injections reported a 25% greater reduction in pain. And in another study of patients with chronic tendonopathy, a majority of patients reported pain relief from PRP injections.
PRP Therapy Combined with Other Treatment Methods
PRP injections, when used in conjunction with other treatment methods, can greatly improve pain reduction and patient satisfaction. Some of these other treatment methods include:
- Physical therapy exercises
- Cold therapy
- Heat therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Electrical muscle stimulation therapy
Who Can Benefit from PRP Therapy?
It is important to note that not everyone benefits from PRP therapy, and not all musculoskeletal injuries or conditions can be successfully treated with PRP injections. PRP therapy has shown to be most effective in treating joint pain, particularly knee pain due to injury or arthritis.
But ultimately, it works best when combined with other pain-management therapies – the therapies work better together than by themselves. If you are interested in trying PRP therapy to see if it works for you, schedule an appointment with a physician who specializes in regenerative medicine.
PRP Therapy in Washington State and New Mexico
At Lynx Healthcare, our pain specialists offer PRP therapy to our patients who are eligible for the procedure. After a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of your symptoms, we will determine if your condition could benefit from PRP injections.
Our goal is to get you back to the life you love, using safe and effective pain treatments. In our facility, you will receive treatment from a team of compassionate interventional pain management physicians.
To schedule a consultation, call us at Lynx Healthcare today at (509) 591-0070 or request an appointment online now. Our friendly staff is looking forward to hearing from you!