Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is regenerative medicine that’s seen a surge in popularity. Why? Because it taps into your body’s natural restorative healing power without drugs or surgery.
PRP therapy uses platelets from your blood to enhance cell regeneration within your body. It boasts cosmetic benefits for skin rejuvenation, but it’s long been used to treat musculoskeletal injuries, too.
Our pain specialists at Life Balance Medical Center regularly recommend PRP therapy to our patients with soft tissue injuries like sprains and tears. PRP treatment is clinically proven to enhance healing and get you back to your favorite activities with less pain.
Understanding muscle and ligament injuries
Your musculoskeletal system consists of your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments are soft tissues that hold your bones together and help you move.
Overuse and acute injury can result in soft tissue tears or strains. Muscle and ligament injuries are common in athletes, but they can happen to anyone. Sprains, strains, and tears can leave you with a slow-healing injury and lingering pain.
Some of the most common muscle and ligament injuries include:
Muscle and ligament injuries often cause pain, inflammation, and reduced mobility. If you’re an athlete, a soft tissue injury can put you on the sidelines. And even if you’re not an athlete, suffering a soft tissue injury can affect your ability to navigate everyday life.
PRP for soft tissue injury
Soft tissue injuries often heal slowly, even with prompt care. The RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) is generally prescribed for mild to moderate soft tissue injuries, but full recovery from many muscle and ligament injuries can take several weeks or even months.
PRP therapy offers a nonsurgical option to promote healing by treating the underlying injury, not just the symptoms. At Life Balance Medical Center, we specialize in PRP therapy for soft tissue recovery.
PRP is a concentrated serum of growth factors from your own blood. We take a sample of blood and spin it in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets and plasma. This becomes the base of your PRP serum.
We inject PRP directly to the injured area, and the serum kick-starts tissue recovery to help your body heal itself. The growth factors trigger regeneration within damaged tissue to help you heal faster.
When to consider PRP therapy
PRP therapy could be right for you if you’re searching for a natural, integrative approach to healing. It doesn’t require synthetic drugs or surgery, and it’s proven to enhance soft tissue recovery.
Since PRP comes from your blood, the risk of infection or allergic reaction is very low. Our team develops a customized PRP therapy plan for you based on the type of injury you have and how severe it is.
Many of our patients benefit from a series of PRP treatments designed to stimulate and speed soft tissue healing after muscle or ligament sprains, strains, and tears. As your body heals itself, you can expect to notice decreasing pain and inflammation.