In Gaithersburg, MD, the dedicated specialists at Pain Arthritis Relief Center are utilizing the cutting edge science of platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy to revitalize and augment wound-healing from these pesky injuries. Growth factors found in PRP including platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), and many more have been found in research studies to enhance the healing of tendon injuries. What is most promising about PRP therapy is its relative safety; because it utilizes and is derived from one’s own blood sample, the only side effect that has been demonstrated is the transient pain involved in receiving the injection. Our PRP specialists in Gaithersburg understand this growing body of evidence and are experts in its application to boost your recovery from various types of injuries, including but not limited to the following:
1) Chronic Tendinopathy
Tendons are dense connective tissues that bridge muscle to bone in the human body, and are responsible for transferring force produced by muscle to bone, an essential role to produce the full body movement the majority of us take for granted every day. However, as many can attest to, over time and/or prolonged usage, tendon injuries can occur, accounting for up to 16.4 million individuals seeking medical intervention every year in the United States of America alone.
Tendons throughout the body are notorious for their poor blood supply, which is thought to play a key role in the notoriously slow wound healing that occurs when these tissues are injured. Our Gaithersburg doctors believe this is what makes PRP therapy the ideal approach as it delivers your body’s own nutrients and growth factors directly to the site where they’re needed the most.
2) Acute ligamentous injuries
A ligament is dense connective tissue that bridges two or more bones at a joint. When one or more ligaments are stretched or torn, this injury is commonly referred to as a sprain. The most common acute ligamentous injuries include ankle sprains and knee sprains, which are notorious for their poor healing and long-term impact on mobility. Professional athletes, such as Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez, have long recognized the potential for PRP therapy to return them to their optimal performance, and here at Pain Arthritis Relief Center in Gaithersburg, our PRP-specialized doctors are experts at applying this same technology to you.
3) Muscle strains or tears
Acute muscle injury is one of the most common injuries that can not only result in loss of training and competition time in competitive athletes, but can negatively impact lifelong mobility and quality of life in people of all ages and levels of activity. Studies have shown histological evidence of significant acceleration of muscle healing in animals treated with PRP therapy, including a pilot study that was performed on human athletes. The PRP doctors in our Gaithersburg office are utilizing this cutting-edge technology to get you back to your pre-injury activity level quickly, efficiently, and most importantly, safely.
4) Inflammatory conditions
Battling inflammation is an important aspect of wound healing, and PRP plays an active role. In vivo studies have shown that PRP treatment can induce the release of HGF, which is a major anti-inflammatory growth factor, having been shown to reduce levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines COX1, COX2, and Prostaglandin E2. At Pain Arthritis Relief Center, we are taking advantage of this innovative research and applying it to enhance wound healing as well as deal with chronic pain from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis or post-surgical recovery efforts.
If you suffer from any of these conditions, are think that you may be suffering from an illness or disability that could be aided by PRP, Gaithersburg recommends contacting Pain Arthritis Relief Center to schedule a consultation.