Therapy for meniscus tears using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections has been shown to be very effective. This method of treating meniscus tears may reduce your need for surgery. PRP injections have been around for a while, but they are getting more attention as their use widens.
PRP is a concentration of platelets, a component of blood, that come from your own blood. Platelets are needed for blood to clot properly when there is an injury to the body. They also help heal wounds. It is thought that using a concentration of platelets at the site of an injury will help the injury heal faster. Professional athletes have been using PRP injection therapy for a while, for injuries received while playing.
Meniscus Treatment and Therapy
PRP therapy is used to treat tears and strains of the meniscus. Some of your blood is extracted and put into a centrifuge to separate the blood into three layers. One of these layers is platelet rich. This layer is extracted from the separated blood and used in an injection to promote healing and reduce pain symptoms.
The treatment is considered safe and is sometimes used as an alternative to surgery when conditions indicate it would likely be beneficial. Meniscus injuries have often presented challenges in healing, even with surgery. PRP injections seem to help. They appear to have a better rate of prolonged success than other treatment therapies.
Your doctor will determine when PRP therapy is the better alternative for meniscus repair and pain reduction. A thorough examination of the knee injury is required to make this determination. Contact the Advanced Healing Institute for more information on PRP therapy. You might be able to avoid surgery with this less invasive method of treatment.