Your ligaments are a vital part of your body’s physical structure. In fact, over 900 of these strong bands of tissue connect your bones, joints, and organs and hold them in place. Most of your ligaments are in your arms and legs, and they can prevent your bones from dislocating, support your muscles, and help your joints move as they should.
Unfortunately, it’s common for these bands of tissue to become stretched or torn, an injury known as a sprain. Sprains can happen when your ligament moves in the wrong direction or extends beyond its limit. Typically, a sudden impact or twisting motion causes sprains.
When you develop a sprain, it’s usually treated with rest, pain medications, physical therapy, or even surgery if your sprain is severe enough and doesn’t heal. However, these things can take time and keep you from returning to your normal daily routine as quickly as you’d like.
This is where platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy comes in. It’s becoming a popular choice for treating sprains due to its quick and efficient healing power. At Genesis Pain and Regenerative Medicine in Colleyville, Texas, our team, led by Don Enty, MD, offers PRP therapy for your ligament injuries. Here’s how it works and what to expect from the process.
Your blood supply is mainly plasma, the liquid substance that contains and transports small particles, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets help your blood clot and contain growth factors, which are vital for healing when your body is injured. These growth factors stimulate cell regeneration and the development of new tissues. PRP is a concentration solution of platelets derived from your own blood.
We create PRP by taking a blood sample from you before separating the platelets and plasma from the other components in your blood. Then, we inject this new combination of plasma and high platelet amounts into the injury site.
The PRP injection enables your sprain to heal much more quickly, allowing you to be pain-free much faster than is typical.
Don’t let a sprain hold you back from living life to the fullest. PRP therapy can help you regain your normal routine faster than traditional treatment methods.
Call us or use our online booking tool today to schedule a PRP therapy session at Genesis Pain & Regenerative Medicine.