16 Jul Summer Injuries & PRP
During the summer months, Dr. Nikesh Seth sees a lot of patients who either got injured while playing in the sun or finally want to address their pain for good so they can make the most of vacation season. At Integrated Pain Consultants, there is a myriad of options for treating pain and causes of pain, and one of the most fascinating is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. It works by encouraging your body to heal itself.
When connective tissue like tendons and ligaments are torn or frayed, the result can be debilitating. The shoulder, knee, and hip joints are the most susceptible to connective tissue injuries simply because we use them a lot and these joint areas are quite complex. Even a minor fraying can keep you from doing summer activities you love, such as gardening or taking outdoor yoga classes.
The trouble with connective tissue is that it doesn’t get much blood flow. That’s why connective tissue is white and muscles are red (as muscles are rich with blood flow). Our blood has platelets and growth factors, which are what the body uses to heal when we have a laceration on our skin or a torn muscle. Without access to platelets and growth factors, our connective tissue finds it pretty tough to heal itself. That means it can remain frayed, torn, and injured permanently—unless you can get those platelets to the tissue.
A PRP injection is a fast and easy process. A vial of your own blood is drawn, then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets and growth factors. Next, the top layer of platelet-poor plasma is removed so that only the absolute highest-quality platelets and growth factors remain. This is then injected into the injury site so your tissue has a chance to heal itself.
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The process takes about 30 minutes in total, but it can take a few weeks for full results to be realized. Just like how a cut on the skin or a torn muscle doesn’t heal instantly, it takes some time for those growth factors to work. However, it can be a great tool to avoid surgery and naturally heal your body using what your blood already has. To learn more about PRP or to schedule your consultation, call Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552.