The platelets in your blood are known for their healing contributions in your body and carry anti-inflammatory benefits.
And now, doctors want to hone those benefits into less invasive treatments for pain.
One such option is platelet rich plasma.
It’s blood drawn from a patient and spun down, with the platlet layer taken off.
Orthopedic surgeons are hoping it can be an alternative to surgery.
Dr. James Chappius has used PRP injections to treat shoulder injuries and joint pain for years.:
He says doctors “always in elective surgery want to offer all the conservative measures before surgery”
He added that he doesn’t “think there’s any patient out there that wouldn’t rather have an injection than an operation.”
Studies still need to be done on the effectiveness of PRP.
While Chappuis has seen positive results first hand, he still warns it’s not a miracle cure-all.
But says it might be safer for some than surgical options.
But with any elective medical treatment, make sure you do your research and ask your doctor.