The debate on the effectiveness of PRP injections has resulted in a number of misconceptions regarding the treatment. Here are a few myths that you shouldn’t buy into when it comes to PRP therapy.
It’s Only Used for Hair Regrowth
While studies have shown the effectiveness of using platelet rich plasma injections for hair conditions such as androgenic alopecia, this isn’t the only thing they’re used for. As a matter of fact, PRP injections are widely used for treating a number of musculoskeletal ailments.
The PRP component used contains a high concentration of growth factors that promote cell regeneration and stimulate the production of protein fibres such as collagen. This triggers the body’s healing process, making the PRP treatment extremely effective for healing injuries and reducing scarring.
Quite the opposite! Unlike invasive procedures such as laser treatment and surgeries, PRP injection therapy is completely non-invasive. This reduces the side effects and risks attached to the procedure by a great amount. What’s more, since the PRP component used is taken from the patient’s own blood, the chances of tissue rejection, too, are eliminated.
Patients experience minor—if any—side effects. The injection scar that’s sometimes left behind after the procedure fades within a few days, and the positive results of the process are visible early on.
The Treatment Time Is Lengthy
Wrong again! PRP therapy is actually known for its short treatment duration, which lasts between 30–60 minutes. Furthermore, there isn’t any downtime involved, and patients can resume their daily activities after having undergone the procedure.
This is in direct contrast to surgeries, which not only take a longer time, but also typically involve an extended hospital stay after the procedure has been performed. This is often due to the use of anaesthesia.
The Treatment Isn’t Clinically Approved
Perhaps the biggest misconception people have regarding PRP injections is that they’re not backed up by scientific data. Contrary to popular opinion that PRP is a relatively new treatment method and is still in the experimental stages, there’s plenty of evidence to debunk this misconception.
Studies have shown the effectiveness of PRP injections for treating degenerative cartilage lesions and osteoarthritis. In addition to this, it has also proven to be successful for various other musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain pertaining to the shoulders, wrists, lower back, and ankles.
I’m Too Old/Young for PRP Therapy
There’s no minimum or maximum age that determines one’s eligibility for the treatment. However, it’s usually recommended that individuals getting PRP injections are over the age of 18. That said, your physician can better guide you about the procedure and whether or not you should opt for it.
Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute clinics assist with sports medicine and injuries. Located in Sheppard, Thornhill, St. Claire, and greater Toronto, we provide PRP injection therapy for a number of musculoskeletal conditions. We also offer services for sports massage, acupuncture, neck and shoulder pain management, physiotherapy, sports podiatry, and active release techniques, among others.
Get in touch with our team by calling at 1-844-223-7364 to learn more about our services!