No matter how invested in sport you are, you’re always liable to suffer injury. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments for sports injuries. However, many of them either require you to sit out of the game and rest for weeks (or months) on end, or undergoing surgical procedures.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections offer a highly effective third alternative for several common sports injuries. PRP injections are minimally invasive, safe, and quick. Instead of being sidelined for long stretches, athletes can now benefit from PRP treatment’s faster recovery times.
What is PRP Treatment?
PRP injections are a form of regenerative medicine that involves drawing a small quantity of an individual’s blood and isolating the platelets. Platelet-rich plasma has the ability to heal and even regenerate damaged, lost, or aging tissue. A trained sports medicine doctor or orthopedic surgeon then injects that concentrated plasma into a predetermined location close to the injury. Ultrasound is then used to visualize the path of the plasma towards the targeted structure.
Platelets aren’t the only thing within PRP. They also contain certain components called growth factors. These components are critical to the body’s natural healing mechanisms for soft-tissue and bone.
PRP for Tennis Elbow
Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is effectively treated by PRP injections. Tennis elbow involves the inflammation of forearm tendons due to repetitive stress and overuse. Despite the name, the condition isn’t restricted to tennis players. Rock climbers, cooks, carpenters, assembly line workers, painters, and anyone else who repeatedly moves their arms can develop tennis elbow.
PRP injections can initiate and speed up healing in the tendons because the latter don’t receive as much blood as muscles and soft-tissues, and hence are slow to heal.
PRP for Rotator Cuff Injuries
The rotator cuff is commonly injured by those who participate in sports-related activities. Overhead arm movements performed repeatedly can cause the rotator cuff to develop issues. Falls are also particularly damaging to them.
If a rotator cuff sustains a full tear, it will need to be surgically operated on. However, inflammation and partial tears can heal well with PRP treatment.
PRP for Plantar Fasciitis
Runners and athletes who particularly rely on their feet are likely to develop plantar fasciitis. This foot injury causes severe pain in the heels. If left unaddressed, it can lead to bone spurs. Not only will PRP injections help relieve pain; they will also begin the healing process.
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As one of the leading sports and regenerative medicine centres in the Greater Toronto area, we at Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute, offer PRP treatment, injection therapy, non-surgical treatments for sports injuries, and physiotherapy,.
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