Whether you're a competitive athlete or a weekend trooper, injuries are an unfortunate part of any sport you love. Traditional treatments can leave you sidelined for months, but recovery times are shrinking thanks to groundbreaking advancements like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
This breakthrough treatment is getting athletes back in the game faster than ever before. With six locations in southeastern Pennsylvania, SEPA Pain and Spine is at the forefront of administering this innovative therapy.
Our team of medical professionals understands the urgency you feel to get back to doing what you love, and we’re committed to helping you reach that goal.
In this month’s blog, we discuss the science behind PRP and how you can benefit from it.
What is PRP?
PRP therapy uses your body's healing mechanisms to accelerate the repair process. Your blood contains platelets, tiny cells that initiate clotting and release growth factors to kickstart tissue repair.
In PRP therapy, we spin a sample of your blood in a centrifuge to concentrate these platelets, creating a powerful healing serum. When injected into the injury site, it boosts your body's natural healing power, repairing damaged tissue faster and more efficiently.
How does PRP help sports injuries?
For sports injuries, particularly those involving tendons, ligaments, and muscles, PRP therapy has shown immense promise. It can speed recovery for common injuries such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, and sprained knees, to name a few.
Its ability to stimulate tissue regeneration can reduce pain, improve function, and get you back to your sport faster. Furthermore, PRP's use in the world of professional sports, from soccer to basketball, has thrust it into the spotlight as a viable and effective treatment option for sports injuries.
What to expect from the procedure
PRP therapy is a straightforward outpatient procedure, and you'll be in the hands of our experienced physicians throughout. We start by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm, similar to a regular blood test.
As we mentioned above, we spin the blood sample in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. We then inject this concentrated platelet solution directly into the injured tissue, guided by ultrasound imaging to ensure precision.
The entire procedure typically takes about one hour, and you can go home shortly after. It's a minimally invasive approach with little to no downtime, and you can usually return to your normal activities soon after treatment.
When you can expect results
While the results of PRP therapy vary depending on the individual and the nature of the injury, many of our patients begin to see improvement within a few weeks. The treatment stimulates a healing response, which means the benefits continue to increase over time as the body repairs and regenerates tissue.
At SEPA Pain and Spine, we're passionate about helping you get back to the sport you love. PRP therapy is just one of the many advanced treatments we offer that could accelerate your recovery and get you back in the game faster.
Sports injuries can be frustrating, but with the proper treatment and care, they don't have to keep you on the sidelines. Discover the difference PRP therapy could make in your recovery today by requesting an appointment online with us or calling 855-235-7246.
We have offices in Horsham, Langhorne, Meadowbrook, Chalfont, East Norriton, and Limerick, Pennsylvania.