Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Athletes
Are you on a recreational soccer team? Do you enjoy hitting the Crossfit gym and fighting through a ‘workout of the day’? Perhaps you just enjoy running and cycling on a regular basis. Anyone who’s passionate and committed to physical activity is an athlete.
At Reflex, we believe knee pain should never keep you from being active or doing what you love.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to.
Professional athletes have been using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for years to stay competitive and perform at their personal best – and now you can too.
Why is PRP a good choice for athletes?
Currently, the most common treatment for knee pain is a cortisone (steroid) injection –which only treats the symptoms temporarily, and can be known to have some nasty side effects.
PRP, on the other hand, mimics the body’s natural healing process to accelerate the healing of damaged tendons and cartilage. (To learn more about PRP and the simple procedure involved, click here.)
Since PRP uses the patient’s own blood, the potential side effects are extremely minimal. Because of this low risk, doctors and scientists in professional sports are much more willing to experiment with this procedure on various injuries.
Research is still ongoing, but PRP has been shown to be successful in reducing pain related to a variety of knee injuries and ailments, including:
- Bakers cysts
- Meniscal Tears
- Tendon Injuries
- Ligament Sprains or Tears
To learn more about this form of regenerative medicine and how the physicians at Reflex are using it to keep patients active, give us a call at (503) 719-6783.