Whether you fractured a bone, damaged a tendon, strained a muscle, or sustained another injury playing a sport, you probably have one priority now: healing. If you played the sport for fun, you certainly don’t want a resulting injury to disrupt your life. And if you’re a professional athlete, you want to heal quickly to return to work.
Enter platelet-rich plasma (PRP). With these injections, you give your body resources to help heal your sports injury faster. Dr. Peymon Zarreii offers PRP therapy at Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics in Delray Beach, Florida.
So, should you consider this injection-based treatment for your sports injury? To help you decide, let’s look more closely at what it is and how it works.
The basics of PRP therapy
Dr. Zarreii gets platelet-rich plasma (PRP) by taking a small sample of your blood. Your blood contains platelets, which your body directs to injuries like cuts and scrapes to help your body heal. In addition to supporting blood clotting, your platelets contain growth factors that reinforce your tissue’s recovery process. Plus, they help to fight inflammation, further supporting your healing.
Using a centrifuge, Dr. Zarreii separates the platelets from the other components in your blood to derive the PRP. He then injects the PRP into targeted areas of your injury, supplying the area with resources it can use to heal faster.
He can use PRP therapy to address a wide range of sports injuries, including:
- Arthritis, including osteoarthritis
- Ligament injuries
- Recovery after surgery
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Strained muscles
- Tendon injuries
- Tennis elbow
PRP can help with acute injuries, but it’s also beneficia when dealing with a chronic injury that your body has difficulty healing.
What to expect with PRP for sports injuries
Studies show that PRP therapy helps injured athletes return to their sport faster, especially when conservative treatments like rest and icing the area aren’t helping.
PRP therapy doesn’t work right away. It takes time for your body to use the resources it introduces into the area. Most people see improvement within a few weeks and notice a difference within six weeks.
In some cases, people only needed one round of PRP therapy for their sports injury. If you’re dealing with a chronic injury or a major acute one, Dr. Zarreii may recommend repeat treatments spaced several weeks apart to support your healing process. Talk with him about your injury and the symptoms it causes, and he can tailor a PRP therapy plan for you.
Because the PRP comes from your blood, the risk of complications is minimal. Most people don’t experience any significant side effects with PRP sports injury therapy.
If you’re hurt, don’t hesitate to talk with Dr. Zarreii about whether PRP therapy could be right for you. Call our office at (561) 264-2307 or book an appointment online today.