What Makes PRP Therapy So Effective?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that can speed up your body’s healing process. It’s used to treat a variety of soft tissue injuries and conditions like arthritis.

At the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Dr. Daniel Fox and our team of orthopedic specialists can improve your recovery rate with PRP therapy. We want to help patients in and around Toms River, New Jersey, to recover quickly so they can return to their normal activities. 

How PRP therapy speeds recovery

Your blood has solid components called platelets. They’re widely known for their clotting abilities, but they also secrete hundreds of proteins called growth factors. They promote healing and cell growth when you have an injury or degenerative condition.

A higher concentration of platelets means more growth factors, thus helping your body heal quicker than usual. Another way PRP injections can be effective is when they’re combined with stem cell therapy to help with healing.

Stem cells can change into whatever cell is needed for repair. So, when combined with PRP, stem cell therapy can further increase the number of growth factors. This gives your body the resources it needs to repair your injury.

With PRP therapy, one of our providers takes a sample of your blood and, using a centrifuge, separates the platelets. The platelets are added back into your plasma, and the resulting serum is injected into your injury site. Additional injections may be needed if your injury is severe.

PRP therapy can help treat osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that commonly affects your knees. It’s known as a degenerative condition, and it wears down the cartilage at the end of your bones. 

PRP stimulates the production of molecules that repair your cartilage and reduce inflammation. It can also reduce joint friction and pain. 

In one study, PRP injections were given to patients with osteoarthritis. They experienced less pain and better knee function in as little as six weeks, and they continued to show improvement at their three-month checkup.

Repairing tendon injuries

While PRP therapy can address a variety of conditions, it's known for its ability to repair soft tissue damage. It’s frequently used when treating injuries like tennis elbow and Achilles tendinopathy.

These tendon injuries normally occur with overuse. Since your tendons are thick and can take a while to heal, we encourage PRP therapy. It can help your tendons heal and reconnect to your bones at a faster rate.

As with osteoarthritis, PRP therapy can also greatly reduce inflammation in your tendons.

Find out if you are a candidate

Before we recommend PRP therapy, we give you an exam to make sure you’re eligible. PRP therapy is different for each patient, because not everyone’s blood composition is the same.

We encourage you to contact us if you’re interested in PRP therapy. You can use our quick and easy online booking tool to schedule an appointment or call our office. 

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