The severity and extent of the injury must be considered and diagnosed, and a proper stress-relief and strength recovery program must be tailored to the particular injury. The goal is to regain functionality, strength and mobility in the most optimal recovery time.
The dynamics of the particular joint, whether leg, arm, spine or hip, are also important. Simply put, aches are symptomatic and the objective is to diagnose causative factors for the most beneficial treatment regimen in both the short and long run.
Having relieved stress and pain, options include, electro-stimulation, physical therapy, acupuncture, bracing. Our services are designed to help our patients regain optimal functionality in the shortest time medically possible.
You may obtain specific information from your insurance representative – usually accessible through a toll free phone number and internet access, explained on your insurance card.
Research studies are currently being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of PRP treatment. At this time, the results of these studies are inconclusive because the effectiveness of PRP therapy can vary. Factors that can influence the effectiveness of PRP treatment include:
<li>The area of the body being treated</li>
<li>The overall health of the patient</li>
<li>Whether the injury is acute (such as from a fall) or chronic (an injury developing over time)</li>
<em><u>Chronic Tendon Injuries</u></em>
According to the research studies currently reported, PRP is most effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries, especially tennis elbow, a very common injury of the tendons on the outside of the elbow.
<em><u>Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries</u></em>
Much of the publicity PRP therapy has received has been about the treatment of acute sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries. PRP has been used to treat professional athletes with common sports injuries like pulled hamstring muscles in the thigh and knee sprains. There is no definitive scientific evidence, however, that PRP therapy actually improves the healing process in these types of injuries.
More recently, PRP has been used during certain types of surgery to help tissues heal. It was first thought to be beneficial in shoulder surgery to repair torn rotator cuff tendons. However, the results so far show little or no benefit when PRP is used in these types of surgical procedures.
Surgery to repair torn knee ligaments, especially the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is another area where PRP has been applied. At this time, there appears to be little or no benefit from using PRP in this instance.
Some initial research is being done to evaluate the effectiveness of PRP in the treatment of the arthritic knee. It is still too soon to determine if this form of treatment will be any more effective than current treatment methods.
PRP has been used in a very limited way to speed the healing of broken bones. So far, it has shown no significant benefit.