If you feel like platelet-rich plasma therapy— more commonly known as PRP therapy—sounds familiar, it’s probably because this emerging treatment is popular with a large number of famous athletes.
A literature review of the effectiveness of this treatment shows that PRP is most beneficial to those who have knee osteoarthritis or lateral epicondylitis. Orthopedics is one of the major areas where PRP is gaining popularity especially here in the United States.
What is PRP therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a kind of regenerative medicine that heals tissues and allows natural growth factors in the body to flourish.
It’s also used commonly as a cosmetic treatment since it can facilitate the process of restoring hair growth. It can also increase the speed at which cells multiply in the body along with speeding up the healing process and stimulating the regeneration of soft-tissue in a localized area.
PRP therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure, therefore it has a faster recovery time, lesser chances of infections etc.
What happens during PRP therapy?
After conducting X-rays, special images and blood tests, local anesthesia is applied to the affected area. It does not require the patient to be sedated before starting the cell-based treatment.
Benefits of PRP
The purpose of stem cell therapy is to use the body to invoke cell growth which can perform specialized functions.
This way you don’t have to rely or wait endlessly for someone to donate the necessary cells for regeneration. The expert collects cells from the patient’s body and grows them in a lab so they can be used for the affected area.
It’s also less painful which makes it an ideal choice for those who are able to afford the treatment.
What can PRP treatments be used for?
Some injuries that can be treated using PRP therapy include
- Bone injuries such as fractures in various parts of the body can be healed within 7-8 weeks.
- Tissue and muscle injuries that can impact athletes the most as well as those who have diabetes, spinal cord injuries, cardiovascular issues, osteoarthritis and more.
If you’re looking for sports medicine services such as PRP therapy in Miami Beach, and other treatment options such as foot and ankle surgery, contact us! We offer consultations on the phone and also guide you through the entire process.