The recovery period, or the time a patient takes to completely heal from an injury or surgical procedure, is one of the most important aspects of successfully treating soft-tissue injuries.
A short healing period not only limits the physical and emotional trauma a patient must undergo, but it also allows the patient to quickly return to normal life.
Faster healing also limits a patient’s dependence on medication, especially pain killers. This is where PRP therapy can prove to be a miracle treatment option.
Why PRP Therapy can be Effective in Your Overall Treatment Plan
If you are suffering from soft-tissue injury or any other form of tendon, muscle, or ligament damage, the treatment options available to you include surgical intervention, physical therapy, and dependence on pain medication. Often, these options can drag on for uncertain periods of time.
If the injury is serious, you could be looking at a rehabilitation period which extends to months, a year, or more!
The one area where traditional treatment options fail, involves treating soft-tissue injuries that either respond poorly to medication or involve tissue with a poor blood supply.
If a patient responds poorly or fails to respond to these treatment options completely, it leaves the patient with very little choice for further treatment and cure. Often these patients must continue using pain medication as a way of managing the condition.
However, if PRP therapy is used as a part of your overall treatment plan, it could not only speed up healing, but treatment has a much higher chance of success.
The reason? PRP utilizes the body’s natural healing elements found in the blood to kick-start healing in an otherwise slow or unresponsive tissue.
The advantages that PRP therapy can bring to any treatment plan is one of the main reasons why it is quickly emerging as a miracle, regenerative solution.
In addition to the fact that PRP therapy can effectively reduce recovery period for patients suffering from soft-tissue injuries, it can also aid in faster healing after surgery in the case of specific injuries. Take for example, the case of a torn heel cord.
Once the surgery to repair the tendon is carried out, it usually takes the patient a long time to heal. However, the use of PRP during the surgical procedure can effectively speed up the recovery process.
Furthermore, in certain cases, especially if the degree of degeneration of tissue or the damage to the tendons and ligaments is not extensive, PRP therapy can even eliminate the need for surgical intervention.
6 Advantages of PRP Therapy
While the 3 main goals of PRP therapy include reducing pain, improving joint function, and repairing damages, it also delivers 6 major benefits which can add to your overall treatment plan:
- Natural form of treatment as the healing components are taken from patient’s own blood.
- Little to no recovery time.
- Minimally invasive form of treatment.
- Aids in and promotes faster healing.
- Low- risk treatment option since plasma and platelets are derived from patient’s blood.
- Minimal side effects when compared to the risks involved in surgical intervention and using steroid injections.
The effectiveness and success ratio of PRP therapy is gaining wider recognition because it has been used by several famous athletes.
Golf sensation Tiger Woods and tennis star Rafael Nadal, among a host of other celeb sports-persons, have received PRP for treating conditions such as chronic tendon injuries. PRP therapy has helped them with faster recovery–allowing for a return to their competitive sports much sooner.
Soft-tissue injuries can be extremely painful, requiring long term rehabilitation. While PRP therapy can speed up healing and effectively reduce the recovery time, it is not an “overnight” cure. The goal of PRP therapy is to boost long-term healing.
Consult with Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle
Are you suffering from a form of soft-tissue injury? Have traditional treatment options failed to provide you relief from pain and an effective cure? If yes, we at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle can help you. Give us call today to set up an appointment!