Muscle injuries and tears are common, not just for athletes, but for anyone. Imagine the level of discomfort and pain as you try and get dressed or brush your teeth with a non-fully functioning shoulder.
Steroid injections are an option to help relieve pain and inflammation in a particular area of the body like shoulder or knee. Also, depending on the severity of the injury or tear, surgery may be required.
However, before you result to surgery there is an alternative option available. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a less invasive option than surgery to help treat both acute and chronic injuries. PRP has fewer side effects compared to steroid injections or surgery, is longer lasting, and speeds up the recovery process.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy involves withdrawing blood from your body, which is then spun to produce a high concentration of platelet cells. These platelets are then injected into the site of injury to help speed up the natural healing process. Platelets contain white blood cells and bioactive proteins called growth factors. Injecting growth factors into damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints can stimulate the natural healing and repair process.
What are some of the conditions for which PRP may be useful:
- Osteoarthritis of any joint such as the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow, thumbs, and spine
- Rotator cuff tears
- Chronic plantar fasciitis/foot ankle pain/Achilles tendon
- MCL sprain and meniscus tears of the knee
- Labral tears of the hip and shoulder
- Pelvic pain and instability
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
- Any tendonitis such as tennis elbow
- Any sprain such as to the ankle or knee
If you would like more information about platelet-rich plasma therapy or other treatment options for muscle injuries and tears, book your consultation with Dr. Robert Silbert, of PM&R Associates at (317)794-2759