Platelet Rich Plasma Injections For Hip Labral Tears

by / Monday, 03 June 2019 / Published in Blog, Hip Pain, PRP Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy

Tearing a tendon in your hip can greatly limit your mobility, and may require bracing or surgery.  Platelet-rich plasma therapy can help your hip joint recover after a labral tear. These platelet-rich plasma injections contain healing properties and tissue growth factors to stimulate your body into healing the injury after it has scarred over.


What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?


Our blood is made up of water, plasma, and blood cells.  The majority of our blood is plasma, but the other parts are extremely important. This is where all of our white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets live. The most common thing platelets are known for is clotting our blood after an injury to prevent us from bleeding any further, which is why we have scabs. But they also contain important growth factors and collagen that are vital to healing muscles and tendons. Platelet-rich plasma contains 5 to 10 times the normal amount of platelets found in the blood. To get a platelet-rich plasma injection a doctor will begin by taking a sample of your own blood. This blood spun at a high speed to separate the plasma layer from all the other cells. Then the platelets are isolated and grown to increase the amount and create an injection. The increased concentration of growth factors is injected into injured joints which speeds up a natural healing process our body already uses. It returns blood flow, oxygen, healing white blood cells, and collagen, along with stimulating the body to continue to repair the area with stem cells. It can take a short period of time to feel the effects of platelet-rich plasma therapy, but the benefits last a long time.

Labral tears often cause pain in the groin or the front of the hip during physical activity

What Is a Labral Tear?


The labrum is a rim of soft tissue or cartilage that surrounds the hip socket joint. The labrum helps to stabilize the hip by deepening the socket and protecting the joint surface with cushioning. The labrum can tear as the result of an injury or trauma but is more often related to hip impingement, or the structural alteration of the hip. The labrum can also tear when there is arthritis in the hip and the joint has begun to degenerate, leaving no more cushioning for movement. When there is a labral tear due to arthritis the treatment plan is centered on arthritis itself, not the tear in the joint. Labral tears often cause pain in the groin or the front of the hip during physical activity. This pain can also be felt after bending and rotation of the hip joint. Some individuals with labral tears of the hip will also have a clicking or a sense of catching deep within the hip during certain activities, reducing your mobility further.


How Can Platelet Rich Plasma Injections Help Heal The Labral Tear In My Hip?


There has been a lot of clinical research done to show the effectiveness of platelet-rich plasma injections in rotator cuff injuries. They can heal tendons, promote better circulation of blood and oxygen in injuries, and stimulate the body to heal itself with stem cells. These injections can heal labral tears by regenerating old damaged tissue and telling the body to heal the injured area with its natural processes.