Can you really reduce your healing time by using PRP for hamstring injuries? The short answer is yes.
One of the questions we often receive at Metropolitan Pain Consultants is how to reduce healing time. By using PRP for injuries, you may be able to significantly reduce your healing time.
PRP: Platelet-Rich Plasma
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a regenerative medicine technique commonly used by professional athletes to leverage the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It’s a simple outpatient procedure that typically takes less than an hour and can be performed at at our convenient office locations. Since there are very few side effects associated with the treatment, more and more people are using it.
Platelet-rich plasma is blood plasma with concentrated platelets, bioactive proteins, and other growth factors that accelerate the healing process. It begins by targeting bone and soft tissue that have been damaged by injury.
During the procedure, a small amount of blood is withdrawn from the patient. The blood sample is spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the red blood cells. Finally, the plasma containing those platelets are withdrawn from the sample, then injected back into the injury site, stimulating growth and repair.
PRP for Hamstring Injuries
A group of three muscles along the back of your thigh make up your hamstring in each leg. When these muscles get stretched too far, the hamstring can become strained or begin to tear. While some hamstring injuries are mild, severe injury can result in debilitating pain, making it difficult to walk or perform normal activities.
When Platelet-Rich Plasma is used to treat hamstring injuries, PRP is injected directly into the injury site. It goes to work immediately, using the growth factors to send signals for the body to repair and regenerate the damaged tissues. According to Kimberly Harmon, MD., a clinical professor in the departments of family medicine and orthopedics at the University of Washington,
“From observation of our own and others’ practices, we seem to be decreasing healing time by about a third,” she said. “A three-week hamstring strain may become a two-week strain, or a six-week strain may become a four-week strain.”
Furthermore, for competitive athletes, this reduction in healing time by using PRP for hamstring injuries may mean the difference between competing in their next event or sitting on the sidelines.