PRP for Acute Ligament Pain
If you are suddenly experiencing pain in your knee, shoulder, or elbow, you may be suffering from acute ligament pain. At Health Advantage Physical Medicine in Pasadena, CA, we can help. We know that ligament pain can be debilitating. Our skilled professionals will help you regain your health and heal from ligament pain or an injury. One of the methods we use is platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy can heal many different injuries, including ligament pain. We inject platelet-rich plasma to aid in healing and pain relief. It contains platelets, which are blood components that have proteins that assist your cells to grow and support clotting of blood.
Our purpose of injecting PRP into your injured tissues is to aid healing and trigger your body to produce new healthy cells. The method is natural and drug-free.
What Can PRP Injections Help With?
PRP injections can help with a wide variety of conditions and injuries. They include:
- Hair growth: PRP injections in the scalp can prevent hair loss and encourage hair growth.
- Tendon injuries: These include tennis elbow and tendonitis in the ankle. We use PRP for pain relief on the patellar tendon in your knee to help it heal.
- Osteoarthritis: We inject PRP in individuals with osteoarthritis to slow deterioration and alleviate pain.
- Acute ligament injury: Our experts use PRP to cure ligament pain in the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, and more.
The Process of PRP Injections
During PRP therapy with our specialists, you can expect the following process.
First, one of our professionals will take a sample of your blood. Depending on the place where the PRP will be injected, we will draw a certain quantity of blood. For instance, on the scalp, we take a blood sample smaller than what we would need for an injection in the knee.
Our professional then places your blood sample into a centrifuge machine. It spins quickly, causing the components of your blood to be separated. Once the plasma components are separated from your blood, the machine continues to siphon off platelets until the sample is highly concentrated. The sample is then ready to be injected. Our estimated time for the process is 15 minutes.
The PRP is then injected into the painful area, sometimes in several different injections. We often use imaging, like ultrasounds, to identify the area for injection. For injuries in larger areas, we can provide an anesthetic so it is not painful. The process only takes about one hour.
Benefits and Side Effects
Benefits of this treatment include speeding up your healing process, increased vascularization, decreased swelling and pain, and enhanced stability. These benefits indicate that PRP injections are an excellent solution for pain relief.
After the injections, the area may be sore or tender. Our specialists will recommend that you rest the ligament or area of injury for a certain amount of time. You may need several PRP sessions to get the results you want.
Acute Ligament Pain
Over time, your acute ligament pain will dissipate. Ligaments are often difficult areas to heal and may not receive much blood flow. With PRP, your body will begin healing the ligament naturally and forming new cells. This will also speed up your recovery process, as ligaments can take a long time to heal.
Schedule an Appointment with Us Today
At Health Advantage Physical Medicine in Pasadena, CA, we will heal your acute ligament injury and get you back to living a pain-free life. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us today.