Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections uses the patient’s own blood in an attempt to use the blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and even bone. The injections consist of plasma with higher concentration platelets that is normally found in blood.
PRP injections are an effective treatment option for tendon injuries. Tennis elbow is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Playing tennis or other racquet sports can cause this condition. It is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons can become damaged from overuse such as repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow and a weak grip.
Although it is not considered a routine procedure, more people are opting for PRP injections as a viable treatment option for osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. It can occur with any joint in your body, but primarily diagnosed in the hips, knees hands, and spine. Although osteoarthritis symptoms can be effectively managed, unfortunately the disease cannot be cured. It’s advised to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and to lose weight. Other modalities of treatment may also be recommended including bracing, pain medications, and movement exercises. The symptoms include pain in the joints during or after moving, tenderness when applying light pressure to the joint, stiffness, loss of flexibility, grating sensation in the joint, and bone spurs.
The focus of PRP injections is to:
- Relieve pain
- Improve the way the joint functions
- Slow down the progression of damage to cartilage and sometimes even to repair.
With respect to the procedure itself, patients may experience significant reduction in pain after the first or second injection. PRP injections are usually not painful for most people; however the discomfort level depends on the person being treated, their overall health and their tolerance level for pain and discomfort. The actual injection into the joint is a simple and quick procedure, just like getting any other type of needle however, this injection will be concentrated it’s between the joints causing minimal discomfort at the point of injection only. Swelling and some redness is typical. Overall, many patients see an improvement with their symptoms after treatment with PRP injections. Not every one is a candidate for PRP injections. To see if PRP injections are right for you, please arrange a consultation with one of our specialists at Studio Athletica.