Heal Sports Injuries Naturally With PRP Therapy

With millions of people participating in sports in the United States, it’s only natural that injuries occur. It turns out that the number is pretty high — Americans suffer from about 8.6 million injuries due to sports and recreation each year.

The most common of these injuries are ankle sprains, groin pulls, hamstring strains, shin splints, ACL tears (knee injury), patellofemoral syndrome (kneecap rubbing against thigh bone), and tennis elbow. While doctors across the country have established protocols for treating such injuries, a relatively new treatment method has been building momentum in recent years: PRP therapy.

Dr. Todd Koppel at Regen Pain NJ knows the power and potential of PRP therapy — a natural, minimally invasive treatment. Here’s a look at what it is and how it works.

What is PRP therapy?

“PRP” stands for platelet-rich plasma. Your blood contains platelets — specialized cells filled with proteins designed to promote cell growth as well as stimulate the development of new blood vessels. 

The idea of PRP therapy is to take advantage of your body’s natural healing powers by using your own platelets to treat injured areas of your body. Platelet-rich plasma is simply a plasma solution with a higher concentration of platelets than normal, which means it can help healing take place more quickly.

Platelet-rich plasma is created by drawing a small amount of your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge that uses gravity to separate out the platelets from the rest of the blood components. These platelets are then mixed with some of the plasma to create your own PRP solution.

How can PRP therapy help heal sports injuries?

Once your PRP is ready, your doctor can inject it directly into your body at the site of your injury to help speed up the healing process. The additional platelets help repair the damage that’s been done as well as stimulate new cell growth to replace the damaged cells. The ultimate goals of PRP therapy are to reduce pain, improve function, and enhance growth so the area can heal.

PRP works well on tendon injuries caused by repetitive movement, such as tennis elbow. This therapy also can treat acute ligament and muscle injuries, including sprains (where the ligament is stretched), ligament tears (such an ACL injury), and pulled muscles, such as groins and hamstrings.

If you want to know if PRP therapy might be effective in healing your sports injury, contact Dr. Koppel at Regen Pain NJ. All three of our New Jersey locations are accepting patients — just call or book an appointment online to get on the road to healing.

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