Can Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) Help My Injured Hamstring?

by / Tuesday, 21 May 2019 / Published in Blog, PRP Therapy, Sports Medicine

Hamstring injuries are extremely common in athletes and generally need a long period of rehabilitation, time missed from sports, and a large chance that it will be reinjured. Recovery time can be anywhere from 30-70 weeks, making it a terrible injury for professional athletes. The healing process of hamstring injuries is not efficient because it lacks the blood flow that brings vital oxygen to heal the muscles. Platelet-rich plasma therapy can bring that blood flow back into injured muscles. Some world famous athletes have used this therapy to heal torn and injured muscles, and speed up recovery time. They have credited it with their quick return to competitive sports.

 

What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

 

Blood is mainly composed of plasma, but a small portion of it contains white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Platelets helping with clotting blood and contain growth factors that heal muscles and tissue. Platelet-rich plasma is a plasma that contains 5 to 10 times the regular amount of platelets in your blood. It works by taking samples of a patients blood, spinning the blood down to separate the plasma layer from the other cells, and then concentrating the platelets into an injection. The increased concentration of growth factors in injured muscle helps to speed up the healing process, cutting down the time athletes are away from their profession. It may be several weeks before the pain subsides in the area. This treatment can benefit trauma-related injuries and help speed up healing after surgery.

The severity of the tear will determine how long it takes for the injury to heal

How Is an Injured Hamstring Diagnosed?

 

The hamstring muscles aren’t used much while standing or walking, but they’re very active during activities that involve bending the knee, such as running, jumping and climbing. A hamstring injury is a strain or tears to the tendons or large muscles at the back of the thigh. The injuries can range on a scale of severity from 1-3. The severity of the tear will determine how long it takes for the injury to heal. A minor muscle pull or strain (grade 1) may take a few days to heal, where it could take weeks to months to recover from a muscle tear (grade 2 or 3). The term “hamstring” also refers to the group of 3 muscles that run along the back of your thigh, from your hip to just below your knee.

 

How Can PRP Help My Injured Hamstring?

 

The most recent studies show that PRP is most effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries, especially tennis elbow, which is a common injury of the elbow. PRP can stimulate the growth factors in the injured muscle that lack the essential blood flow to heal tendons. Speak with your doctor about platelet-rich plasma therapy, because it may just be the key to healing your injured hamstring.

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