PRP: What It Is & How It Benefits Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments, and Joints

What Is PRP?

An ankle sprain or torn ligament can wreak havoc on your day-to-day life, hindering you from completing once simple tasks without excruciating pain and discomfort. Fortunately, with advancements in medical science, a new treatment known as platelet-rich plasma injections, or PRP, is now available to help individuals restore function in their muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints, using their body's natural properties.  

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

Platelet-rich plasma injection is a treatment in which a patient’s own blood is used to inject growth factors and other therapeutic proteins into the patient’s tissues. The treatment involves taking a small amount of the patient’s blood, separating out the platelets and plasma, and then injecting the concentrated platelets and plasma back into the patient. This treatment can be used for hair restoration, face treatments, and joint, muscle, ligament, and tendon pain.

Understanding Platelets

Platelets, also known as thrombocytes, are small, disk-shaped cells that are found in the blood. They are important for blood clotting, as they help to stop bleeding when a blood vessel is injured. When a blood vessel is damaged, platelets aggregate at the site of the injury and form a plug to stop the bleeding. Platelets also release chemical signals that help to activate the clotting process. They are produced in the bone marrow and have a lifespan of about 10 days.

Understanding Plasma

Plasma is the straw-coloured liquid portion of the blood that remains after red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets have been removed. It is made up of water, salts, and proteins, including enzymes and antibodies. Plasma plays a number of important roles in the body, including helping to maintain the proper balance of fluids, transporting nutrients and hormones, and helping to fight infections.

PRP for Ligaments, Tendons, Muscles, and Joints

PRP treatment is able to stimulate healing in muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons by injecting concentrated growth factors and therapeutic proteins into the affected area. The platelets in PRP contain proteins called growth factors, which are responsible for initiating the healing process in the body. When PRP is injected into a muscle, joint, ligament, or tendon, the growth factors stimulate the repair and regeneration of damaged tissues.

Treating Specific Conditions With PRP

Evidence suggests that PRP treatment is effective in the treatment of a variety of conditions that affect the muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons, including:

- Tendinitis: PRP can reduce inflammation and promote healing in tendons that are inflamed due to overuse or injury.

- Osteoarthritis: PRP treatment can reduce pain and improve function in patients with osteoarthritis.

- Sprains or Strains: PRP can speed up the healing process and reduce pain in patients who have sprained or strained a muscle or ligament.

H3: PRP Benefits Ligaments, Tendons, Muscles, and Joints

The growth factors concentrated in platelet-rich plasma therapy help to eliminate inflammation and pain that derives from an injury. Back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, and elbow pain can be treated with PRP rather than opting for invasive surgery or prescription medications that simply mask the pain and do not address the root cause.

PRP vs. Perinatal Tissue Therapy

Unlike PRP, perinatal tissue therapy involves being injected by cells produced in a laboratory. Perinatal tissue is responsible for the development of heart cells, joint cells, and bone cells. Perinatal tissue treatment is a treatment used to stimulate the growth and healing of specific chronic conditions, including diabetic neuropathy, addiction, or chronic pain.

Finf Out if PRP Is Right for You

If you’ve been struggling with muscle, ligament, tendon, or joint pain and you are interested in learning more about the innovative treatment known as PRP, Oregon Medical Centers is here to guide you. Contact our compassionate team of medical professionals to discuss your unique situation and schedule your appointment for PRP today!

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May 22, 2023
Doctor Sunita Bhasin, Aloha & Salem, OR

Dr. Sunita Bhasin, D.C.

Dr. Bhasin grew up in Southern California and did her undergraduate work in pre-med at California State University Northridge, as well as Humboldt State University in California. Dr. Bhasin attended the University of Western States in Portland Oregon where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Dr. Bhasin has passed her National boards and her State Boards. Dr. Bhasin loves helping people and finds great joy helping injured people get out of pain and get their life back again. She has helped thousands of patients.