If you’re an athlete, you understand what it’s like to have an improperly or incompletely healed injury, and you know how much it can affect your performance. However, you don’t have to be an athlete to understand this and live with it every day. How often do you hear people talk about old back injuries or how they have issues with their knees from playing sports in high school or college?
In many cases, those old injuries were never given the time or attention necessary to properly heal. That doesn’t mean that you have to live in pain for the rest of your life, though. But how do you treat a soft tissue injury that’s healed improperly? With platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for soft tissue injuries, our Dallas patients are seeing massive improvements in their mobility and comfort in very little time. Here are a few tips for faster, more complete healing.
Get PRP Treatment
The first step, of course, is to come in for PRP treatment. We’ll take a small sample of your blood and centrifuge it to isolate the PRP. Then, usually in the same visit, we’ll inject the PRP back into your body at the site of the injury. Then your platelet-rich plasma will begin working to trigger your body to start healing and regenerating the damaged tissue in that area.
Don’t Take Heavy Painkillers
In the first few days after your PRP treatment, you’ll probably feel some inflammation in the affected area. We strongly recommend that you do not take any heavy painkillers at this time. Inflammation and some soreness at this point indicate that the body is beginning to heal, and most of our patients have found that a mild analgesic is enough to alleviate any discomfort. Taking anything stronger may actually interfere with the healing process.
Work With a Good Physical Therapist
While your PRP is working to help your body regenerate healthy tissue in the affected area, you can help yourself out with a few visits to a physical therapist. We have a list of physical therapists we recommend to our patients who have a great deal of experience with rehabilitating improperly healed injuries.
Of course, PRP therapy and stem cell therapy aren’t only useful in treating old injuries that never healed properly. Many of our patients also come to us for adult stem cells for osteoarthritis in Dallas. If you think regenerative medicine may be the right choice for you, call us at Texas Cell Institute today at 972-668-9612.