Use of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) in Healing Injuries
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a relatively new and innovative procedure in sports medicine that may help heal common orthopaedic injuries. Several famous athletes including Tiger Woods to Rafael Nadal have attributed PRP in the healing of their injuries. So, what is this procedure all about anyway?
Platelets are some of the solid components found in blood and are best known for their ability to clot blood. But did you know that platelets also contain hundreds of proteins (known as growth factors) that help in the healing process of injuries?
Orthopedist and sports medicine specialist Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D. offers this service at his medical practice based in Long Island, N.Y. Dr. Moriarty would like provide his patients with important information regarding PRP. Below are some key facts about PRP and why it might be an effective treatment option for common injuries.
How PRP Works
- PRP is produced from your own blood using a process called platelet enrichment activation
- Studies suggest that the increased concentration in growth factors in PRP may speed up the healing process
- PRP is injected into the injured area using local anesthetic and ultrasound guidance. Moreover, Dr. Moriarty and his team stand apart from others offering this procedure by providing patients with a local numbing treatment to reduce pain, especially effective when treating conditions like plantar fasciitis
- PRP can treat many common orthopedic injuries, including:
- Chronic Tendon Injuries (e.g., tennis elbow , tendonitis)
- Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries
- Dr. Moriarty and his team will work with you to determine if PRP is right for your individual orthopedic needs. Contact us today at our Huntington, NY location to discuss your treatment options and schedule an appointment.