Injuries happen. They don’t have to slow you down or stop you from doing what you love. At Angelo Mattalino, MD in Phoenix, we want to use the latest in medical advances to get you on the speediest road to recovery. Today we will answer some commonly asked questions about PRP so that you can learn if it is right for you.
Developed in the 1970s, PRP was first used in Italy in 1987 for open-heart surgery. Lately, it is endorsed by celebrity athletes as the reason why they recover so quickly. Let’s dive into PRP in Phoenix and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this type of therapy.
What is a PRP Injection?
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. This concentrated version of blood only takes minutes in a centrifuge to be created. It is then returned to your body, where its healing proteins are needed the most, to speed recovery and reduce pain.
What Can I Expect?
You will not be able to take NSAIDs for a set amount of time after the treatment, but taking acetaminophen is acceptable. The procedure typically only takes minutes and is highly effective in treating certain types of injuries.
What Conditions Does It Treat?
People seek out PRP in Phoenix for a number of reasons. These include Achilles tendinosis, sometimes called chronic Achilles tendonitis, tennis or golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, patellar tendinosis, UCL tears, rotator cuff injuries and osteoarthritis in the knee. Research is still being done on the benefits it provides when used during surgery.
Why Use PRP Injections?
Many people use PRP injections as a less expensive alternative to surgery. Particularly with rotator cuff injuries, it may seem that surgery is the only option, but this is not so. If you feel your recovery is not progressing like it should, ask our specialist about alternatives to surgery to eliminate months of downtime during recovery.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Since PRP in Phoenix uses your body’s own blood serum to create the concentrated blood, there is no risk of allergies or your body rejecting the treatment. During your initial consultation, our specialist will go through your medical history with you.