Can PRP Treat Rotator Cuff Injury?
The rotator cuff consists of a group of muscles that surround the shoulder and is important for lifting and rotating the arm. It contains a lubricating sac called a bursa and it lets the rotator cuff tendons move freely. If the rotator cuff injures, the bursa also gets inflamed and becomes painful. A rotator cuff tear can also cause severe shoulder pain and affects your range of motion.
There are several treatment options for rotator cuff injury. With the advancement in the medical field, it can be treated without the need for surgery. PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma) has become an effective method to treat a rotator cuff injury.
What is PRP for a Rotator Cuff Injury?
PRP therapy is a non-invasive method to treat a rotator cuff injury. It makes use of the natural healing ability of your body to restore the tissues. The blood contains platelets along with white blood cells. The platelets contain proteins called growth factors which are used for healing. The PRP procedure makes of these platelets and growth factors to promote healing and restore the tissues.
How is PRP Performed?
The PRP procedure involves the following steps:
- The doctor collects your blood sample for up to 100 ml based on the severity of your condition.
- Now, the blood sample is placed in a centrifuge device to separate the platelets from the blood.
- Using ultrasound image guidance, the doctor determines the exact location of the rotator cuff injury and the collected PRP is injected.
The platelets help for the natural healing by repairing the tissues. It also reduces the inflammation at the site of injury.
You can go back home on the same day of the procedure and the recovery is only a few days. You should avoid performing exercises for a short time after taking a PRP injection.
How Effective is PRP for a Rotator Cuff Injury?
The procedure used in PRP is effective and works well for your body. You do not need to stay in the hospital or do not require much recovery period. The PRP is effective at treating a rotator cuff injury as it uses the body’s growth factors to promote the healing of the tissues. The growth factors are the materials in your body and hence there are no chances of an allergy or other complications.
The number of PRP injections you need varies based on the injury you had. In general, a patient needs around 3 to 6 PRP injections to notice a change in his/her condition. The duration of the results also varies from one person to another based on various factors such as age, health, the severity of the injury, etc.
Contact DR Ajay Tiwari Today to Know If You Qualify for a PRP Therapy
If you are willing to try PRP therapy for your rotator cuff injury and want to know more, contact Dr Ajay Tiwari today. He has over 15 years of experience as an orthopedic and joint replacement surgeon in Hyderabad. He will review your injury and will decide the treatment that works in your case. He carefully listens to you and considers your needs before deciding on a treatment plan. 100% satisfaction of his patients is our main goal and we strive for it. Our orthopedic center is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced surgical equipment. You just give us a call and Dr Ajay Tiwari will take care of everything.