ligament injuries

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is a truly innovative and relatively new procedure that can have a wide range of uses in the body. Here at Austin Family Medicine, Dr. Sneed has developed his own trademarked procedure called BodyStem which incorporates PRP therapy to alleviate a variety of conditions, including muscle and ligament injuries. We have had a great deal of interest in BodyStem from patients who are plagued with injuries and keen to know how the revolutionary treatment could help.

How PRP Therapy Works

Platelet rich plasma is a substance found naturally in the blood which contains hundreds of growth factor proteins and aids in the healing process when the body sustains injuries. During PRP therapy, a small sample of the patient’s blood is collected and placed in a centrifuge in order to separate out the platelet rich plasma. The PRP is then injected into the areas of the body suffering from injury.

Due to the increase in growth factors applied to the injured area, the healing process is significantly improved. The PRP increases collagen production, enhances cell growth, and enables faster and more efficient healing.

Why It’s Useful For Muscle And Ligament Injuries

Although many minor muscle and ligament injuries can heal on their own, particularly severe injuries can take much longer to heal and, in some cases, the tissues never fully recover. The big difficulty with many muscle and ligament injuries is that patients are often unable to give the area time enough to heal without using the muscle or tendon in question. By repeatedly using these damaged tissues, the healing process can be made even slower than usual, and sometimes it is just not possible for the area to fully heal.

By injecting PRP into the damaged area, the healing process is maximized and can allow for faster and more complete recovery. Acute sporting injuries tend to respond particularly well to PRP therapy. Even historic injuries which have lead to reduced movement and chronic pain can be relieved with PRP treatments such as BodyStem. In some cases, the need for corrective surgery can be eliminated with the help of PRP injections.

The Risks And Side Effects

The brilliant thing about PRP therapy is that risks associated with the procedure are minimal. Patients may experience an increase in pain in the injection area for a few days after the treatment, but the risk of infection and nerve or tissue damage is the same as with steroid injections, which is reduced. The procedure takes place in the doctor’s office and can be completed in as little as 30 minutes, with very little downtime afterwards.

Ask Your Doctor About PRP For Muscle And Ligament Injuries

Whether you’re a keen sports player who is eager to recover quickly from a recent injury, or you’ve been dealing with pain, stiffness and reduced mobility as a result of a historic injury, BodyStem PRP therapy could be an excellent solution for you. Contact us to book a consultation with our very own Dr. Sneed to see how PRP therapy could help you.