PRP therapy has burst onto the professional sports scene in recent years, being used to treat elite athletes such as basketball legend Kobe Bryant, golf icon Tiger Woods, and now tennis star Rafael Nadal.
Even though the treatment has been around for several years, it’s only now starting to gain popularity as an alternative therapy. It’s minimally-invasive, effective and requires little to no downtime.
So what is PRP treatment used for? And who should opt for it? We’ve answered all your questions here.
1. Older people
One out of every ten people who get surgery is 65 or older. As you age, the need for surgery increases—but so does the risk of complications during surgery.
Common health problems related to ageing, such as heart problems and high blood pressure, can increase the risk of complications both during and after surgery. Even if the surgery goes well physically, the whole process can be psychologically distressing for the individual.
That’s why PRP is recommended as a form of conservative treatment for the elderly. It’s less invasive compared to surgery and does not require rest post-treatment. Individuals can resume their daily activities—which, in the case of older people, is extremely important.
According to the American Psychological Association, self-esteem starts to decline rapidly after the age of 60.
Regular physical activity and the ability to carry out routine tasks is a source of confidence. Post-surgery downtime can greatly affect self-confidence and can cause increased levels of depression.
Unfortunately, the average athlete’s tenure for any of the four big professional sports in Canada— baseball, football, basketball, and hockey—is a mere three to five years.
Taking off six months for rehabilitation means that they’re not working for over ten percent of their entire career! Even when they do return, it’s tough to make a successful comeback following a major injury. Most athletes struggle to perform at the same level as they were prior to the injury.
And that’s why PRP therapy, in combination with physical therapy, is recommended for athletes. PRP treatment aims to accelerate the recovery process by triggering the body’s natural healing response. A concentration of healing enzymes and growth factors is injected into the affected area, which can repair damaged tissue much quicker.
Professional athletes are already touting the benefits of PRP therapy. When Rafael Nadal took a seven-month hiatus to deal with his devastating knee tendinitis, many experts had counted him out for good. But, since his return, Nadal has gone on to become the top tennis player in the world, with two Grand Slam victories.
With PRP treatment, his knee successfully recovered, and he’s in the best shape of his career.
3. Individuals experiencing pain
Other individuals experiencing body pain or conditions such as osteoarthritis can also opt for PRP treatment.
Cortisone injections—frequently used for chronic pain management—aim to reduce pain by shutting down collagen-producing cells. While they do relieve pain and inflammation, repeated cortisone treatments can cause cartilage deterioration.
PRP, on the other hand, works to boost collagen-producing cells by inserting growth factors. These repair any tears and strains to the muscle or tendon faster. It’s a much more effective long-term solution for pain management.
If you’re experiencing chronic body pain regularly and are looking into PRP therapy, consult a doctor first.
RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy in greater Toronto specializes in PRP therapy designed to treat musculoskeletal pain. Discuss your situation with one of our trained physicians at our clinic to see if PRP works for you.
To schedule an appointment for regenerative therapy, call 1 855 847 3975.