PRPManalapan Township, NJ
While rest and applying ice packs to certain types of physical injuries can help with relief, it will not provide the long-lasting treatment the serious injuries need. We can help to prevent permanent damage from sports injuries. PRP or platelet-rich plasma is a treatment that extracts a blood sample from the patient to isolate the plasma before injecting it back into the injured area of the body to promote healing.
PRP treatment is available at Freeman Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in Manalapan Township and the surrounding area. With this treatment, we can help to accelerate the healing and recovery process in patients. There is no reason to let a serious injury get in the way of one's sports career and quality of life.
If you are interested in learning if PRP treatment is right for you, call us at (732) 504-6917 to schedule an appointment today.
Benefits of PRP
The platelets in the blood contain growth elements that can provide multiple benefits to the body through this treatment. PRP injections in the damaged areas or non-healing tissues may be able to accelerate the healing so the patient can continue to function as normal. Benefits of PRP include:
Applications of PRP treatment
PRP therapy can treat a variety of sports and acute injuries, that cause joint, ligament or tendon pain. In many cases, soft tissue injuries respond faster to PRP treatment. Common conditions that PRP therapy can treat include:
PRP may also be able to help enhance healing after an athlete undergoes surgery for an injury. Surgery is required to repair the tendon if the heel cord tears completely. PRP injections can help accelerate the healing of the torn ligament with injections to the specific area during surgery.
How PRP therapy works
The athlete will need to undergo evaluation before PRP therapy. The process is similar to a regular clinical appointment and involves a review of the patient’s medical history and physical examination. Dr. Ted L. Freeman, DO and the team at Freeman Orthopedic and Sports Medicine may use ultrasound to assist in the diagnosis. In rare cases, laboratory testing will be required to make sure that the patient’s blood has normal cell counts.
PRP is the concentration of platelets, a vital part of the blood that ensures clotting. Platelets and the liquid plasma part of the blood have many elements that are crucial for cell building, multiplication and specialization that is necessary for healing.
After taking a blood sample from the patient, we will transfer the blood to the centrifuge. The centrifuge is a device that spins at high speed to separate the blood into different components. Once complete, we will transfer the platelet-rich plasma to the injured part of the bone or soft tissue such as the ligament or tendon.
In general, we will inject a small amount (usually 3ml-6ml) of PRP into the affected area. We will then thoroughly clean and bandage the injection area.
After the injection, the athlete must stay away from exercises for a short time before starting a rehabilitation exercise program. Sometimes, platelet-rich plasma injections may cause a temporary flare-up of pain, inflammation and swelling. We may recommend that patients avoid anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen or ibuprofen for some days before the procedure and several weeks after.
The key to recovery is to take it easy for a few days and preventing undue pressure or strain on the injured area. Patients may need to use crutches, wear a brace, use a sling to shield or restrain the affected area. Applying a cold compress a few times daily for about 15 minutes each time can help with pain and swelling after injection. A warm compress may also help.
Returning to sports
The time it will take for athletes to return to play after injection depends on the purpose of the PRP therapy. Severe muscle tears may take several weeks to heal completely, irrespective of the treatment, although PRP will help make the recovery faster. Other applications many required early intensive therapy after a brief period of break.
Chronic tendon injuries typically take between three to six months to heal. We will suggest a specific time for healing, sometimes including immobilization, after the PRP therapy. As a pain management doctor, Dr. Ted L. Freeman, DO will decide if the athlete is ready to return to the field after the recovery period.
Call us today
PRP therapy is effective in treating injuries and promoting healing. If you are considering PRP, call us at (732) 504-6917 to schedule an appointment today.
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