Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP) in Baltimore, MD
In the past, conditions like torn ligaments, tendonitis, and other soft tissue injuries have had few treatments available beyond surgery. As non-surgical medicine advances, however, more treatment options have become utilized within the field of chiropractic medicine to create an alternative to invasive surgical care. If you are coping with chronic pain from repetitive use injuries or acute musculoskeletal injuries, Fidel Integrated Medical Solutions can provide relief through platelet-rich plasma injection, or PRP. This revolutionary therapy utilizes your own tissues to repair damaged ligaments and tendons without a single surgical incision.
How does PRP work?
With PRP, you will have blood drawn, which is then put through a centrifuge. This separates the components of the blood, allowing the doctor to prepare an injection of platelet-enriched plasma. Platelets are responsible for clotting of the blood, but they also contain a specific type of protein that nourishes tissues that are healing in the body. Though the exact mechanics of PRP are still being evaluated in a clinical setting, it is clear that the injection of PRP at the site of injuries will facilitate a faster, more comprehensive healing process with reduced inflammation and fewer long-term complications than surgical procedures. Because PRP simply enhances the body’s own healing processes, treated areas will function more normally than joints that have been surgically repaired.
When is PRP appropriate for treatment?
Platelet-rich plasma injections are not right for all patients. They are best suited for conditions affecting connective tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. These tissues benefit from PRP, because they do not receive as much blood flow as muscles and bone tissue, so they are not as quick to self-repair. Here is a closer look at the injuries that may be most effectively managed with PRP.
- Acute Soft Tissue Injuries – Torn or overstretched ligaments can not only cause significant pain and inflammation, but they may reduce the stability of a given joint as well. Injuries of this nature are very common, and they may occur even in fit, athletic individuals.
- Repetitive Use Injuries – Overuse injuries such as tennis elbow occur when there is uneven wear on soft tissues like the tendons in the elbow. These injuries tend to worsen over time, and they can become sources of chronic pain without treatment.
At Fidel Integrated Medicine Solutions, we provide much more than general chiropractic care. With advanced non-surgical treatments, including PRP, available in our Baltimore practice, we can provide a higher level of care to help you live pain-free.