Healing Injured Joints with Platelet-Rich Plasma

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The Pros Know

You've likely heard in professional sports news that more and more athletes are using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments to speed the healing of their sports-related injuries. In combination with recovery time, therapy, rest, and sometimes (if the injury is serious enough) surgery, PRP is showing promise as being an important tool in speeding recovery time.

This gets the athlete back out on the court that much faster. And in pro sports, time is money.

But what about the rest of us? Can PRP help us recover and heal faster from common muscle tears to tendonitis to post-knee surgery? Yes. It is becoming more and more popular due to it's relatively low cost and low impact to the body's natural healing process.

What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is made up of concentrated, autologous platelets suspended in a small amount of plasma after centrifugation. More simply put, PRP comes from a patient's own blood. It is unique to them, and therefore is more easily assimilated by the body after being prepared through a centrifuge and injected into the patient's target area.

PRP was initially used in the 1990s for plastic surgery and facials. It is still used by dentists for implant procedures as it contributes to faster bone and tissue growth and overall improved healing.

The science behind it lies in the presence of growth factors, fibroblasts and collagen-rich substances found in the plasma. Activated with calcium chloride or thrombin, the platelet-rich plasma triggers the stimulus that promotes cells to form new growth stem cells that rejuvenate the injected area.

Specifically, these platelet-rich plasma growth factors include:

  • IGF: Insulin-Like Growth Factor
  • VEGF: Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor
  • PDGF: Platelet-Derived Growth Factor
  • PDAF: Platelet-Derived Angiogenic Factor
  • TGF-B: Transforming Growth Factor Beta

Bottom line, they're good for the body and help rejuvenate tissue and improve collagen, an important body-building protein.

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Post-Surgical Application of PRP to Enhance Healing

PRP is a natural source of growth factors that offer no resistance to the patient because the plasma is derived from the patient's own blood. Platelets play an important role in stopping bleeding, and after a surgical procedure, the body is focused on healing and recovery.

PRP treatments are used to speed the healing process and grafting of soft tissue, tendons, joints and bones. Some surgeries require extended healing windows and require the patient to limit physical activity to allow for the healing. PRP has demonstrated that it can speed the healing process, improve the body's response to physical therapy and recover faster.

PRP therapy can be applied to conditions such as:

  • Acute ligament injuries
  • Muscle tears and pulls
  • Knee arthritis
  • Chronic tendon injuries
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow

So when you are experiencing joint inflammation, injury, muscle tears or other joint-related conditions, consider PRP as an addition to your regimen. Here's how:

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Are You Ready for Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

Dr. Magsino has been administering PRP therapy treatments to patients with all variety of needs, from facelifts to sexual rejuvenation to joint injury healing. She helps patients who want to use PRP treatments for face and neck rejuvenation such as for wrinkle reduction, facelifts or to improve the overall appearance of the skin.

Dr. Magsino also administers PRP for sexual rejuvenation, where PRP is injected into the male or female sexual regions to improve blood flow, sensitivity, and improve any age-related or other sexual dysfunction. This improves the sex life of the patient and allows them to enjoy more of what a healthy, vibrant sex life can provide.

When it comes to joint injury, surgical procedures involving joints and bones, and other similar conditions, PRP is a natural treatment that will help the body recover faster and get you back out there doing your thing.

The best way to find out if PRP is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Magsino. She will answer any questions you have, discuss your goals and explain the PRP procedure she feels is right for you.