Dr. Nikhil Pandhi
At North Point ORthopaedics

Heal Your Sports Injury Faster with PRP Therapy

Jul 02, 2023
Heal Your Sports Injury Faster with PRP Therapy
If you play sports but recently suffered an injury, you’re likely sick of seeing your playing time tick by. Get off the bench faster with PRP therapy. Keep reading to get an inside look at how it works. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re an elite athlete training for a marathon or a weekend warrior shooting hoops with your buddies — no one is immune to injury. And the worst part is that traditional treatments can leave you sidelined for months. 

Enter platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy

With PRP therapy, you can get off the bench in record time. Dr. Nikhil Pandhi and our team know how important every minute of playtime is, so we’re proud to offer a route to faster recovery to all of our patients. 

Here, we go behind the scenes and show just how PRP works to help you heal faster than ever before. 

Understanding PRP therapy

PRP therapy is revolutionary because it uses your body’s natural healing capabilities to repair damage. Your blood has four main components: red and white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. 

Each part of your blood plays an important role, especially when you’ve been injured. Platelets arrive at the scene of an injury to promote clotting, produce new cells, and repair damaged tissue. Plasma acts as a super-efficient transporter, moving hormones, proteins, and growth factors where your body needs it most. 

So, to create PRP, we only need a sample of your blood. We place it in a centrifuge that spins your blood, separating platelets and plasma from the rest. Then, we inject the powerful serum back into the injury site, guided by ultrasound or fluoroscopy X-ray, and the PRP immediately gets to work, boosting the healing process. 

PRP therapy and sports injuries

PRP therapy works best for soft-tissue injuries — which is great news for athletes who tend to abuse their tendons, ligaments, and muscles. PRP therapy can even be an option for repetitive-use injuries, such as tennis elbow and Achilles tendonitis, as well as common causes of knee and shoulder pain. 

Athletes from Tiger Woods to the folks on your town ball team love PRP therapy for its ability to stimulate tissue regeneration, reduce pain, improve function, and ultimately get you back in the game faster. 

Planning for your appointment

Your PRP therapy appointment is simple and fast. As we mentioned earlier, all we need is a sample of your blood (not much more than you’re used to giving at a routine check-up). 

You should expect to spend around an hour in the office and return to your day once you’re finished. There’s no downtime and very little risk for side effects. 

Results usually develop within a few weeks, and you may need a few treatments to get the best results. Because PRP therapy supports your body’s natural healing process, the benefits continue to increase over time. 

Depending on your specific situation, we can give you a better idea of what to expect.

Ready to get off the bench and back in the game? With PRP therapy, you could be lacing up faster than you expected. Call or click to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pandhi and find out if you’re a candidate.