Platelet-rich plasma injections, or PRP, are a relatively new treatment that shows great promise when it comes to treating common musculoskeletal injuries — so much so that many high-performing athletes turn to PRP for fast and effective recovery from an injury. The expert team at Rincon Pain and Spine, in Tucson, Arizona, has integrated PRP into their comprehensive care routine for the last four years. Consequently, they've become one of the most respected PRP providers in Southern Arizona. To learn more about PRP, call the office nearest you, or request an appointment online.
Platelet-rich plasma is a solution of concentrated platelets often made from your own blood. Platelets contain proteins called growth factors, which are a major part of your body’s natural healing process.
Therapeutic treatments involving PRP are commonly injected. After creating the solution, your Rincon Pain and Spine provider injects the PRP solution directly into the injury site that is causing you pain.
While it’s not fully understood how PRP therapy works, it’s thought that the large quantity of growth factors kickstarts and bolsters your body’s natural healing process. The end result is a much faster recovery period.
Though research is ongoing, PRP therapy is already being used to improve recovery for several musculoskeletal conditions. The most common uses for PRP at the Rincon Pain and Spine include:
Some patients who have arthritis, namely knee arthritis, respond well to conventional treatment coupled with PRP therapy.
One of the more common uses of PRP, injections at the injury site can help speed healing. Knee sprains, pulled muscles, and rolled ankles are just a few of the injuries treatable with PRP.
Just as PRP can help speed muscle and tissue healing, the same growth factors allow for faster mending of minor fractures.
You don’t need much preparation for PRP therapy. Depending on the location of your injury site, you might want to wear baggy or loose clothing to allow your provider easy access.
Before your injection, your provider procures a sample of your blood to create the PRP. This sample is spun down in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the rest of your blood. After separation, the PRP solution is created and loaded into a syringe.
If you have a large or complex injury, you might receive several more injections of PRP around the injury site. You’re free to leave the same day as your treatment and should start feeling the results of the PRP therapy in as soon as a few weeks.
If you’re dissatisfied with the recovery rate of a nagging injury, platelet-rich plasma injections might offer the edge you need to get back on your feet. Call the Rincon Pain and Spine to schedule your consultation or request an appointment online.