5 Things To Know About Using Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy To Treat Tendon Injuries

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One way to treat tendon injuries is with PRP therapy.  With PRP therapy, your own venous blood is withdrawn from your body. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge and separated into the different parts. The platelet-rich plasma is separated out and is then injected back into the tendon or injury.

#1 Drink Lots of Water

Before you go in for platelet procedure, you should drink a lot of water. Drink lots of water the day before and the day of your PRP therapy. Drinking a lot of water will make it easier to get your blood taken.

Avoid drinking caffeine as it is a diuretic and can make it harder to have your blood drawn. If you want the process of finding a vein to be easy, you need to hydrate before your therapy.

#2 Procedure Is Simple

Next, it is important to realize that the procedure itself is simple. A local anesthetic will be applied to the area where your blood will be drawn. When the blood has been sorted, and the PRP is injected back into your body, an anesthetic will be used again. You may feel a little sting when you get the injection, but that is about it. The procedure is really simple.

#3 Minimal Pain 

After you get the injection, you may experience a little pain. It is common to have a little swelling and bruising at the injection site after you get an injection. You may feel a little bit of pain for a few days, but it shouldn't last for very long. You may be sore as if you had a good workout the next day.

More serious side effects are not that common but are still really mild. Some people may experience nausea or dizziness or just a general feeling of not feeling well. These more serious side effects still tend to be short-lived.

#4 Take It Easy

After you get PRP injection, you should take it easy. For 24-hours after your surgery, you are going to want to make sure that you limit your activity. You are going to want to avoid vigorous exercise or take a break from exercising altogether if possible. You are also going to want to avoid drinking alcohol as well for 24-hours following your surgery. Doing this will reduce the pain that you will experience and will help ensure that the therapy works as intended.

#5 Wait for Results

Finally, be prepared that you are going to need to wait for results. It can take a month or two for you to really start to see the benefits of PRP therapy. You also generally need a couple of shots spread out over a couple of months in order for the treatment to be effective.


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