Join Elite Athletes and Turn to PRP Injections for Injury Recovery

Join Elite Athletes and Turn to PRP Injections for Injury Recovery

Each year, over 8 million people between the ages of 5 and 24 sustain a sports injury. Besides the discomfort that sports injuries bring, there’s the time lost on the field, the difficulty in daily life and long recovery periods. Getting the treatment you need to properly heal from injury is one of the most important things that you can do for your body, and there are many ways to make your healing effective and efficient. 

Marc P. Pietropaoli, MD leads our team of compassionate medical professionals at Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics in Skaneateles, New York. He’s a provider of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for sports injuries and many other orthopedic conditions such as arthritis, which has been shown to bolster your body’s natural healing process. PRP is used for a variety of reasons and can help you with your sports injury.  

What is PRP?

PRP is a revolutionary way to use the components of your own blood to speed up your healing from injury, chronic pain, or after a surgical procedure. Platelets are the tiny cells found in your bloodstream that bunch up at wounds and form a scab to stop you from bleeding. They also have many growth factors in them that they release which helps the healing process.  When bunched together, scabs that appear on your skin are a protective barrier as vulnerable new skin grows and matures underneath with the help of the growth factors that the platelets release.  Those growth factors stimulate new cells and blood vessels to come into the area to help it heal.

Without your platelets, you would just continue to bleed, even if it was from a small cut. When your body doesn’t produce enough platelets, you are at risk for heavy, or even fatal, bleeding. Platelets also play a significant role in your immune system: keeping harmful organisms out of your bloodstream by covering wounds with scars and fighting off cancer and other chronic conditions. 

When separated from the rest of the components in your blood, platelets retain the ability to come together and release their growth factors to heal your body, even when it’s not your skin. If you’ve been injured while playing a sport, Dr. Pietropaoli may be able to extract your platelets to aid in your recovery. 

To use your platelets to heal you, Dr. Pietropaoli’s nurse or phlebotomist first takes some of your blood. Your blood is transferred into a container made to fit inside of a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the container, separating your platelets from the other components of your blood and a light filter further separates and purifies the platelets. From there, Dr. Pietropaoli harvests your platelets, and injects them into the area in which you’re experiencing pain, or were injured.   

Do I need PRP?

PRP is a multi-use treatment that has many benefits. In aesthetic settings, PRP is used in facials and to restore hair growth. In medical practices, the healing power of PRP is a medicine-free way to treat several conditions, including: 

This isn’t an exhaustive list of everything that is treatable by PRP. While getting your PRP treatment, Dr. Pietropaoli will usually recommend complementary therapies that work synergistically, such as physical therapy, MLS laser therapy, other medicines, physical and dietary changes since it has been shown that a Vegan diet 3-4 days prior to the injections can bolster and elevate the quality and quantity of your platelets.  Most studies show that a series of injections, usually 2-3, spaced at least 6 weeks apart works optimally, so Dr. Pietropaoli often recommends various packages depending on the condition he is treating.  For an acute/recent sprain or strain, one PRP shot can sometimes do the trick, but for more chronic/degenerative problems such as tendinitis-tendinosis and arthritis, he usually recommends a series of 2-3 injections for optimal effect, almost always coordinated with physical therapy/rehab and oftentimes MLS laser therapy.  Sometimes hyaluronic acid injections are offered in conjunction with PRP, so called “SuperPRP” injections.

How do I get started? 

Start by reaching out to our office. Dr. Pietropaoli will need to give you an exam and consultation. From there, he discusses your options for treatment and whether or not PRP would be right for you. Most people are candidates, but patient safety and treatment efficacy is at the center of our practice. Call us today at 315-303-8352, or book an appointment with us online.

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