Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are among the most exciting developments in sports medicine, allowing athletes to recover more quickly from injuries.
The treatment is a safe, non-surgical alternative that uses no drugs. With PRP injections, the patient’s own blood platelets are the healing agent, making it safer and an optimal form of healing for athletes wishing to recover fast.
PRP is mostly used to treat:
Several high-level athletes have used PRP, which means it is now becoming one of the first options team doctors look to before resorting to surgery. PGA golfer Tiger Woods and MLB pitcher Steven Strausbaurg are two such examples of athletes who underwent PRP with success.
The goal of PRP therapy is to:
Doctors use PRP to:
Results vary from patient to patient. We typically see improvements within the first one to three weeks, though it takes six weeks for the procedure to reach its full efficacy.
After you receive a PRP injection, you will be asked to return for a follow-up appointment six to eight weeks later. Your sports medicine physician will evaluate your injury to see how effective PRP therapy has been.
While some patients may be fully or nearly recovered, most patients will return for two or three more treatments. Injections are usually spaced eight to 12 weeks apart. Your physician will discuss the best treatment options for you.
Athletes are typically especially interested in this treatment option, as it can help speed up the recovery process and get them competing and recovering faster. Your body provides everything that’s needed for its own healing. PRP just helps concentrate and speed up the process.
Inflammation tends to diminish within 10 to 14 days. Many athletes will see significant improvement in four to eight weeks.
PRP injections leave behind no unsightly scars. They don’t require the weeks and even months of recovery time that might be required after surgery.
PRP therapy involves very few complications and risks. The entire procedure is done in-office on an outpatient basis. It takes about an hour from start to finish.
NovaGenix will come to your gym to treat athletes on their schedule. We understand how disruptive injuries are for a team, which is why we do our best to make the process as streamlined as possible.
We’re also available for individual athletes looking to recover. Whatever your situation, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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