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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP for Sports Injuries.
The recent increase in participation in training of MMA and other combat sports, such as jiu-jitsu, and boxing has led to a greater number of sports related injuries in participants. These are individuals who might not typically have another competitive athletic outlet other than your average gym membership or pickup game in the park. What we’ve seen is an increase in injuries suffered as a result of overtraining, falls, contact and impact.
As a result, there has been much discussion about the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) technique and its huge potential for effectively treating sports or work related injuries. Several famous MMA athletes — Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier, Jose Aldo and many others — have undergone PRP for various injuries and conditions, like sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. Where in the past, these have typically been treated with medications, PT, or on many occasions, surgery, today doctors are more often than not, turning to PRP as an alternative or an addition to their treatment options.
What Is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)?
Blood is mostly made up of plasma, red cells, white cells, and platelets –which are most famously known for their role in clotting blood. Platelets also contain growth factor proteins which regulate the growth of cells as well as their division, and help repair injuries. PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma) is plasma with a greater concentration of platelets — and, as a result, concentration of growth factors. This will cause the injured area, which has been introduced with PRP to heal at a much faster rate.
To receive PRP, blood is drawn from a patient and then the platelets are separated from other blood cells by centrifugation, or spinning. They are then mixed with the patient’s own blood sample until a platelet concentration well above baseline is attained.
How Does PRP Work?
The inflamed/injured area/tissue can be directly injected with the PRP, alongside, thus improving the healing by treating the injured area with PRP to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. Basically, it can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems.
What Conditions are Treated with PRP?
PRP is mostly used in the treatment of Chronic Tendon Injuries, Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries, Surgery, Knee Arthritis, or Fractures. It has also shown to be excellent for hair restoration, ED, non-surgical facial rejuvenation and even osteoarthritis.
PRP Treatment holds great promise and has actually has quite a few success stories, not just in MMA but other mainstream sports as well. PGA golfer Tiger Woods and MLB pitcher Steven Strausbaurg are two such examples.side effects of PRP injections are almost nonexistent as the patient is using their own blood, which should cause no reaction. Some rest is needed immediately following the procedure for a day or so, and then typically followed by a stretching and strengthening. The results are rapid and many athletes are back to training in a day or so with positive results. As always, follow your physician’s advice.
If you are looking into PRP and want to discuss your options with our medical staff, please call 561-277-8260 for more information on this amazing treatment. We can even send our team to your gym or facility to treat your athletes on their schedule. We understand how disruptive injuries are for a team and competitors so we can help keep you in top physical shape. Email us at info@NovaGenix.org or call us today!