Why Regenerative Medicine Is a Good Choice to Jump-Start Healing From an Injury

When you’re injured, you want to get back to normal as quickly as possible. Whether you play sports, you lead an active lifestyle, or you simply want to be able to play with your children or grandchildren, being able to move comfortably is important for both health and quality of life.

Regenerative medicine offers compelling, effective treatment approaches that can help you get better faster. It’s the science of encouraging the growth of new, healthy cells and tissues to replace damaged cells and tissues.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

One of the most well-understood and often-used types of regenerative medicine is platelet-rich plasma therapy. Your blood plays a critical role in healing, and PRP harnesses some of your blood’s natural healing properties.

Blood contains several different components, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma. Plasma contains specialized cells called platelets — powerhouses that play a major role in healing, especially with damage to soft tissues, such as your muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

With PRP therapy, a small amount of your blood is taken and separated into its different components. The plasma, containing all of the platelets and growth factors that are so important to healing, is then injected into the areas where you need to heal. The theory is that the proteins and growth factors in the plasma adapt as needed and encourage damaged tissue regeneration.

When PRP works best

PRP therapy works especially well for people who have injuries involving soft tissues. Injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments are prevalent among athletes and people who exercise regularly, but they also often occur as a result of normal aging or from doing repetitive actions.

All too often, people think that their injury is better and resume their activity too soon. PRP injections can jump-start the healing process, allowing your injury heal more quickly and reducing the risk of re-injury or inflicting more serious damage on yourself.

One example of an injury that responds well to platelet-rich plasma injections is a tear or rupture of your Achilles tendon. Runners frequently have Achilles tendon problems, and even if you don’t compete, the months it takes for an Achilles tendon injury to fully heal can feel like a very long time.

Another example is a rotator cuff tear. Your rotator cuff is an important part of your shoulder joint, and while many people associate rotator cuff injuries with baseball pitchers, it’s a fairly common problem among people who paint, swim, or even hammer on a regular basis.

PRP may also be helpful if you have arthritis. While there’s no cure for arthritis, PRP injections can help lessen the inflammation in your joints as well as assist in healing tissues that have been damaged by disease progression.

If you’d like to learn more about this cutting-edge regenerative therapy and whether it might be an effective treatment method to boost your healing, request an appointment at Optimum Physicians Healthcare online or by phone today. Our experts are happy to answer your questions and to evaluate your circumstances.

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