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What Type of Injuries Can be Treated With PRP Therapy?

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There are many things that might cause inflammation and pain within your body. However, it can be extremely hard to treat over time. With PRP therapy, you can treat this issue and many more. Dr. Christie Lehman and Dr. Nate Crider, board-certified doctors of physical medicine and rehabilitation, can help you to understand all of your options when it comes to PRP therapy. Schedule a consultation with Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Asheville, NC to learn how our office can help you today.

What is PRP therapy, and what injuries can it treat?

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy is an innovative procedure that uses the growth factors within your blood platelets to help reduce pain and inflammation within your joints and other areas of your body. This treatment can help treat chronic and new pain within your joints and soft tissues. PRP therapy can be used to help many types of orthopedic and other sports medicine related injuries, including:

  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

  • Knee arthritis and meniscus tears

  • Rotator cuff injuries

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Hamstring injuries

  • Spine arthritis and disc disease

  • Pinched nerves

  • Achilles tendinopathy

  • Patellar Tendonitis (jumper’s knee)

  • Tendon injuries

  • Muscle injuries

  • Ligament injuries

  • Joint injuries

  • Osteoarthritis

This therapy is a nonsurgical treatment alternative to other more invasive surgeries. It can help reduce pain, swelling, and other injury-related issues. If you think PRP therapy may be a good option for you, contact Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Asheville, NC to speak with Dr. Lehman and learn about how she can help you.

What should I expect during this procedure?

Your first appointment is with a team member who will draw your blood from a vein within your arm. The blood is then processed and separated to form the platelet-rich plasma and concentrated growth factors. We use advanced, proprietary lab-processing techniques to ensure that we have the right concentrations of the right cells to treat your specific injury. This process may take 2-3 hours. At a second appointment, Dr. Lehman or Dr. Crider will use these growth factors and inject them using highly precise image-guidance into the area being treated. This should be another 30-60 minute process.

Frequently asked questions

Am I an ideal candidate for PRP therapy? PRP therapy is best suited for those with mild to moderate injuries where conservative options have been unsuccessful.

Who is not a good candidate for PRP therapy? Those with cancer or blood-borne diseases, current infections, smokers, and patients with multiple medical problems.

How long after my PRP therapy appointment can I return to my normal daily activities? This can vary depending on your specific treatment and what area of your body is affected.

Are there any major side effects or complications with PRP therapy? There have been no serious complications reported with this procedure. Like any procedure involving piercing the skin, infection and damage to nerves or blood vessels is possible.

Where can I get PRP therapy in Asheville, NC?

PRP therapy can be used to treat many different types of injuries, including those involving hurt tendons, ligaments, and muscles. This treatment uses your body’s own growth factors to help reduce pain, swelling, and other issues involved with your injury. Dr. Christie Lehman and Dr. Nate Crider can help you make a treatment plan that fits your needs and helps relieve your pain. If you are suffering chronic or acute pain associated with your muscles, tendons, joints, or ligaments, our office may be able to help you. Contact Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Asheville, NC for a full consultation on the state of your orthopedic needs.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.