PRP Therapy in Raleigh, NC Stimulates Natural Healing
When you’re injured, your body immediately begins a natural healing process to repair the damaged tissue. Platelets migrate to the site of the injury and start releasing inflammatory signals to trigger the immune response that initiates rapid healing.
Platelet-rich therapy, or PRP therapy, introduces a high concentration of platelets to a damaged or injured area. When platelets are introduced, they surround it and prompt an inflammatory response that triggers your body to send out waves of cells to the area to treat pain and possibly stimulate healing.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
For our patients seeking PRP therapy in Raleigh, NC, we begin the process by taking a small amount of blood and isolating the platelet-rich plasma using a centrifuge. Once the PRP is separated, we can inject it into the damaged area, whether it’s a tendon, joint, or ligament, to prompt a mild inflammation.
While it may sound counter-intuitive to inflame an injured area, by stimulating inflammation, your body will send out a greater immune response to heal the area. This is a safe procedure that works using your own immune system to relieve the pain of arthritis, tendonitis, or damage from other conditions.
Patients Undergoing PRP Therapy in Raleigh See Results
Many of our patients do see an improvement in symptoms. While it is normal to experience a slight increase in pain for the first one to two weeks after the initial injection, this comes from the inflammation required to trigger the immune response.
However, once the inflammation subsides, PRP therapy can eliminate the need for long-term medication or surgery and improve movement in the area.
It’s important to note that patients who receive PRP therapy in Raleigh, NC are not “cured” of arthritis, necessarily. We are focusing on elevating your body’s healing process, not necessarily regenerating tissue.
What about PAIN relief for ARTHRITIS?
A new study examined many smaller articles relating to pain relief with PRP. Here is the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5260061/
What did it find ?
– Intra-articular PRP injections probably are more efficacious in the treatment of knee OA in terms of pain relief and self-reported function improvement at 3, 6 and 12 months follow-up, compared with other injections, including saline placebo, HA, ozone, and corticosteroids.
Here is another recent study:
Areas of Treatment
PRP injections can be performed in arthritic joints, injured muscles, tendons and ligaments all over the body. Some examples include:
- Resistant fractures
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Articular cartilage injury
- Acute tendon rupture
- Chronic tendinopathy
While responses to treatment vary, many of our patients at Wake Sports Medicine require a series of 1 to 3 injections. Each injection may be spaced several weeks to a few months apart. There is no limit to the number of treatments you can have as the risks and side effects do not change with the number of injections.
If you have a joint, tendon, or ligament injury and traditional methods have not provided relief, then PRP therapy may be the solution. Schedule an appointment to see if PRP therapy at Wake Sports Medicine in Raleigh, NC is right for you!