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The Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma treatment – also widely known as PRP treatment- is a safe, non-surgical therapy that a rising number of health care centers including the Mayo Clinic and Eastern Idaho Sports Spine & Rehab Center use to treat sports, spine and musculoskeletal injuries such as torn ligaments or tendons. This new treatment has helped many athletes to heal and recover from injuries of the tendons, nerves, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and more in record time. PRP treatment has come to the attention of many professionals and patients, and is an evolving and increasingly well-utilized treatment. Research studies have shown that this treatment offers many benefits to patients, and here are some of the significant benefits:

Natural Healing

PRP therapy relies on the body of the patient to provide everything it requires for its own healing. Our doctors use the patient’s own blood to develop the platelet-rich plasma needed for treatment. This eliminates risks that are associated with donor genetic materials such as hypersensitivity and allergies.

Effective Treatment

This treatment is very efficient.The procedure leaves no scarring and patients often see immediate improvement in symptoms, although it can take up to 3 months to see full resolution.

It's Affordable

Affordability is another critical consideration for many patients. This treatment is not only affordable but also cost effective, particularly in comparison with other surgical treatment methods.

Quick Recovery

Though healing is a gradual process in some cases and inflammation may take between 10 and 14 days to diminish, most patients are moving well the next day after their treatment. Many athletes will record a significant improvement in four to eight weeks. Clinical practice has shown that PRP therapy can quickly and efficiently relieve pain and return patients to their normal lives quicker then alternatives.

It's Safe

PRP treatment involves very few complications and risks. In some cases, patients experience some temporary pinkness or redness of their skin after injection. Another possibility is bruising as the needle is usually used to place the PRP into the patient’s skin. All the side effects do not threaten the life of patients, and our doctors perform the entire procedure in-office on an outpatient basis. It Provides Opportunities for Other Treatments in the Future, if Needed PRP has been most commonly studies in the treatment of osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee. Some patients want to try PRP before trying an invasive surgical procedure such as a total knee replacement (TKA). An advantage to trying PRP is that it does not preclude any treatment options in the future, including surgical options. If it doesn't work, a patient can still safely have a knee replacement. Our specially trained doctors at Eastern Idaho Sports Spine & Rehab Center are available to help anyone who has musculoskeletal injuries looking for non-surgical options for treatment.

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Sarah Vlach