Recovering from a muscle, tendon, or ligament injury can be a slow, frustrating process. Jay Bender, MD, at Bender Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist in Roswell, Georgia, offers cutting-edge platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to help your muscles heal more quickly using your own natural healing process. Call or schedule an appointment online today to find out if PRP injections from Dr. Bender can help speed up your recovery.
PRP injections use your body’s own blood platelets to heal injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. During PRP treatment, your platelets are separated from your own blood using a centrifuge and injected into the injured area, speeding up your recovery by increasing the number of healing cells in the area.
While PRP injections are still relatively new and the full range of its treatment ability is still being tested, they’ve been proven to help with recovery from tennis elbow, Achilles tendon tears (tendinosis), and jumper’s knee (patellar tendon pain).
Dr. Bender uses PRP injections to reduce pain, help facilitate healing, and improve function if you’ve suffered an injury to any of the following:
Studies have also shown PRP injections are a promising treatment for osteoarthritis, as well as rotator cuff tears in the shoulder and MCL injuries to the knee.
Dr. Bender first draws your blood, which is then placed in a centrifuge where the plasma containing the red blood cells and platelets are separated from the rest of the blood.
Using an ultrasound, Dr. Bender then injects this separated plasma back into your body at the injured site, where the restorative powers of PRP go to work healing the area. Plasma contains proteins and antibodies that your body uses for healing, so the injection amplifies their ability to help you recover. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.
There are very few side effects with PRP because the injection contains your own body’s plasma. However, Dr. Bender may recommend some short-term rest after treatment, followed by a stretching and strengthening program to promote flexibility and healing in the injured area.
If your recovery from a muscle, tendon, or ligament injury is dragging on, you may want to consider a boost from your body’s own immune system with a PRP injection. Call Bender Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist or make an appointment online with Dr. Bender today to find out if PRP injections are right for you.