Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment in Austin, TX
Orthobiologics are substances used by orthopedic surgeons to quicken the healing process. These materials are used to accelerate the healing process of injured muscles, ligaments, tendons and broken bones. Treatments using orthobiologics are safe with little to no risk since they are substances that are readily available in the human body for this very purpose.
What Types of Substances Are Used in Orthobiologic Therapy?
It is imperative to understand that there are are two main types of orthobiologics: allogeneic or autologous. Autologous are substances that are derived from the same person in which they are being used. Blood is drawn from a patient and used to make Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). It is then re-administered into a damaged muscle, tissue or joint space in the same patient.
Allogeneic, on the other hand, implies that the substance was derived from a different patient. The best example is where a treatment is derived from birth tissue and then used to cure an adult patient.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
While blood is made of a liquid known as plasma, it also contains some tiny solid components such as white cells, platelets, and red blood cells. The platelets are widely known for their key role in clotting blood. In addition, platelets also contain many types of proteins known as growth factors. These proteins play an integral role in healing many types of injuries.
As such, PRP is a type of plasma that contains more proteins compared to what is naturally found in human blood. The concentration of the proteins and platelets in PRP is between five to 10 times higher than usual. This makes them highly effective in enhancing and expediting the healing process.
To make the PRP, blood is drawn from the patient and is quickly placed into a centrifuge and sput so that the blood separates. The rich and highly concentrated platelets are then injected back into the injured body part.
How Does PRP Work?
With the significant concentration of platelets being injected into the affected area, these platelets containing blood clotting properties and growth factor proteins help support the healing and recovery processes. Thus, to make an injury heal faster, the PRP is injected into the muscle or tendon in one of two ways:
- Your doctor can inject the PRP into the affected area at an office visit
- It can also be used to quicken the healing process after surgery
For the process to work as expected, the injection must be administered by an experienced health practitioner.
When is PRP Recommended?
If you are an athlete, your doctor may recommend a PRP injection, especially when you want to get back to your sport as soon as possible. Through the years, quite a number of athletes such as soccer, tennis, basketball, and even golf players have received PRP injections.
Many different injuries show good responses to PRP, such as:
- Muscle Strains (acute or chronic)
- Tennis or Golfer's Elbow
- Tendon Injuries (including tendonitis or tendinosis)
- Ligament Injuries
- Meniscus/Labrum/Cartilage Injuries
Contact our team at Texas Orthopedics today to schedule an appointment for consultation and more information to see if PRP is right for you.