So you have another sports injury. The first thing you do, of course, is go to see your orthopedist in Philadelphia. As you are speaking with the doctor a new solution is brought up, one you’ve never known about before. The treatment? Platelet-rich plasma injections.
The use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions is becoming more prevalent. Current research reveals that these PRP injections are safe and can potentially accelerate or augment the soft tissue healing process in dynamic ways. Even more exciting is that PRP has been shown to aid healing of many common sports injuries including the treatment of rotator cuff tears, ligament tears, and hamstring injuries.
“This sounds great!” You say to your doctor, “Tell me more!”
How a Philadelphia PRP Specialist Can Accelerate Healing for Common Sports Injuries
PRP and ligament tears. Overhead, high-velocity throwing athletes may cause repetitive injury, resulting in partial or complete tears of the ligament. Athletes with complete UCL tears have few nonoperative treatment options, but currently there are no options for athletes with partial tears. PRP has been suggested as a potential solution to this problem. Particularly if combined with physical therapy, PRP is extremely beneficial to a particularly problematic injury.
PRP and tennis elbow. Additionally, PRP has been shown to be a promising healing method for tennis elbow. While short term effects are similar to other treatments, PRP potentially offers a more robust long term healing benefits. By sending platelets directly to the injury the potential for healing is greatly increased.
PRP and hamstring injuries. Acute hamstring injuries are common across all levels and types of sport, particularly those in which sprinting or running is involved. A PRP injection near the proximal myotendinous hamstring origin has potential to help speed the recovery process after acute hamstring injury. While there may limited benefit of PRP injection therapy for acute hamstring injury, it is still useful to consider PRP treatment for hamstring injuries in order to speed up the healing process.
PRP is particularly useful for speeding up healing for a variety of sports injuries, talk your orthopedist in Philadelphia today if you think this might be a solution you want to try. Or if you have more questions don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Stuart A. Kauffman.