Musculoskeletal pain originates in specific regions of your body. These include the bones, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and muscles.
There are several approaches used to treat these problems. One promising approach is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
Using PRP to Treat Musculoskeletal Conditions
PRP treatment can be used for a number of musculoskeletal conditions pertaining to the knees, shoulders, legs, elbows and wrists.
Acute Muscle Injuries
Amongst the most common athletic injuries are acute muscle strains. In fact, according to a survey, 16% of international athletic injuries were due to muscle strains of the thigh (quadriceps), making up the largest diagnosis percentage. Gastrocnemius (calf) injuries are also commonly affected in acute muscle injuries.
Muscle injuries are usually caused when a particular muscle group receives a direct blow. Another mechanism is when a muscle is exposed to excessive load, being forced to contract against resistance that overwhelms the fibres of the muscle.
Using PRP injections for treatment can significantly reduce the chances of a reinjury and shorten recovery time, often by 50%.
PRP treatment can also be used for chronic neck pain as well as pain in the lower back and hips. Platelets are cells are rich in growth factors, and these accelerate the body’s healing process and promote repair. As a result, there is a significant reduction in pain as the concentrated PRP stimulates healing.
Osteoarthritis has no definite cure. However, PRP injections can safely treat the symptoms of this condition and alleviate them significantly.
Research has shown that individuals who receive PRP treatment for knee osteoarthritis experience a considerable reduction in pain and stiffness. In addition to this, the functioning of their knees also improves after the injections. Together with physical therapy and a few lifestyle adjustments, PRP treatment has proven to be an effective form of treatment for knee osteoarthritis.
Acute Ligament Injuries
PRP injections are also extremely beneficial for treating ligament injuries. For example, in a clinical trial consisting of 16 elite athletes, PRP injections were provided to a few of the players while the others were part of the control group. 6 weeks later, the individuals who had been treated with PRP injections returned to play with a significantly reduced residual pain whereas those from the control group reported mild to continuous discomfort.
PRP promotes ligament healing, in turn lowering dynamic instability. The recovery time is short, and with next to no risks involved, the treatment is extremely effective for acute ligament injuries.