The Bottom Line: Are PRP Injections Effective?
We have been fielding a lot of questions about PRP – or platelet rich plasma – injections lately, and for good reason. Of course, one of the most common questions we hear is, “Does it work?”. If you ask many of our past patients, they will let you know that PRP injections made a huge difference in reducing their pain and restoring mobility, but what do the experts say?
Let’s take a closer look at the effectiveness of PRP injections.
What the Experts Say About the Effectiveness of PRP Injections
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the growing body of research regarding PRP injections is promising. Specifically, research indicates that PRP is effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries in the elbow area. In one of the largest studies of PRP to date, 230 patients suffering from tennis elbow using either PRP injections or traditional treatments. 23 weeks after treatment, approximately 84% of the patients who received PRP treatment indicated a reducing in pain of 25% or greater. Only 63% of the control group reported similar results.
Like other medical treatments for chronic tendon injuries, PRP does not guarantee a 100% reduction in pain for all patients. However, it is commonly used in conjunction with other treatments to provide patients with dramatic results. When used as part of a larger treatment plan for chronic tendon injuries, many patients do experience a significant decrease in pain and improvement in overall function of the affected area.
Is PRP Right for You?
As the study of regenerative medicine continues, we will likely see more and more potential applications for PRP injections. If you suffer from chronic pain, you may be a good candidate for this remarkable treatment. When you schedule a consultation at Denver Physical Medicine, we will take a close look at your specific situation and help you determine whether this treatment may provide the results you need. We believe that PRP is the future of pain management, and we would be more than happy to help you assess whether it could provide you with the relief you desperately need.
To learn more about PRP injections or to schedule PRP injections in Denver, please contact us today by calling 303-757-7280.