PRP for Hands and Wrists
Patients who suffer from wrist pain in the past relied solely on steroid injections or cortisone to ease their pain. In severe cases, patients had to resort to invasive surgery.
However, this has changed with the introduction of alternative treatments that use the regenerative properties of platelet-rich plasma or PRP for short. PRP therapy heals a wide range of hand and wrist conditions with minimal risk to the patient. PRP Injections provide minimal downtime for our patients and are minimally invasive, increasing the safety for the patient.
Wrist Conditions and Injuries Treated Using PRP
The human hand is on constant duty; therefore, it is vulnerable to many conditions that result in acute or severe pain. Some of the conditions that are treated using PRP are tendonitis, arthritis, and Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC). PRP is also used for patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist instability, and TFCC tears.
Albeit the above conditions cause a lot of pain to the patient, PRP therapy reduces the pain and stimulates the healing process. PRP is also advantageous because it provides a long-lasting solution for the patient, in contrast to steroid injections which wear down tissue over time.
PRP treatment is prepared according to the specific patient needs, and its aim is at returning full strength and motion to the affected wrist.
Benefits of PRP Wrist and Hand Therapy
PRP eliminates the need for invasive wrist and hand surgery for the patient. PRP only employs the patient’s body to do the healing unlike surgery, which uses surgical implants that sometimes cause infections.
PRP is also preferred to cortisone injections, which only relieve the wrist pain for a limited period. As mentioned earlier, PRP therapy is long lasting since it naturally activates healing in the body by increases the growth of new connective tissue. PRP restores the damaged ligaments and tendons unlike cortisone injections and other forms of treatment.
How PRP Works on the Wrist and Hand
Human blood contains plasma, red blood cells, platelets, and white cells. The platelets contain growth factors and are critical to the healing process in times of injury. However, with time, the body may begin to lose the platelets, making healing slower and harder. To counter the above trend, PRP focuses on encouraging the growth of platelets back in the hand and wrist, and it has proven successful in numerous instances.
During PRP therapy, the doctor uses a concentrated source of the patient’s PRP. Growth factors from the platelets are placed at the site of injury in the wrist to attract stem cells and regenerate the tissue at the site of injury.
The Wrist and Hand Treatment Process with the PRP Doctor
Give us a call and our patient care coordinators will be happy to schedule a complimentary consultation for you with the PRP Doctor who will be able to answer all of your questions and determine whether you are a good candidate for PRP injections.
If you qualify for PRP therapy, our office will guide you through what to expect before, during, and after your treatment.
Since the procedure is minimally invasive, it is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure is conducted in our state-of-the-art-facility, and you can normally return to work the very same day. For more information about PRP therapy, please call our medical specialists at (631) 485-1137.