On it’s own, a dislocated rib and general rib injuries (including fracture, bruising, misalignment, rib head out of place etc.) would take anywhere from 4 weeks up to 24 weeks to heal or align itself, more serious injuries might even take longer than 1 year to heal properly. Hence the reason why a therapy session is usually always recommended in order to heal the affected ribs as fast as possible. One of such healing therapy session which has an immense improvement rate on dislocated rib pain is PRP therapy
PRP recovery therapy for dislocated rib recovery
PRP is a golden recovery treatment which drastically reduces pain and speeds up the natural healing process of the body… with surgery but by a mere injection! This method is widely used to treat major athletic injuries associated in the knees, back, shoulders, and of course ribs.
PRP therapy can be applied in order to shorten a dislocated rib recovery time almost by 50%.
What is a PRP Therapy
PRP therapy is an interesting method that speeds up recovery and tissue regeneration after injuries and inflammatory processes in joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is often applied in the regeneration of meniscus and cartilage in joints to avoid surgery. Besides tissue regeneration and dislocated rib recovery therapy, this method also has a positive effect on the general condition of the body and enables easier and less painful movement of the dislocated ribs. It directly improves the recovery and regeneration of tissues and cartilages in the chest and rib area as well as prevents tissue degeneration. PRP therapy also speeds up recovery after surgical procedures on tendons, ligaments, muscles and rib and other joints.
PRP therapy is Platelets Rich Plasma therapy. Platelets are part of blood plasma that are rich in red blood cells that contain growth factors and other substances that have an active role in the treatment and recovery of damaged tissue. Using blood of the patient, a special method separates platelets that are then injected in the injured spot. To ensure injection on exactly the desired spot, a doctor uses ultrasound to determine easily and precisely where is the exact spot of the injury that needs to be treated. For example, when a person cuts themselves, the defensive reaction of the body is to draw platelets there to speed up the healing process. Platelets after the injection release growth factors that support the healing and recovery process. The platelets’ concentration on one particular spot will increase the volume of growth substances and support the healing process. The human body has an incredible ability to heal, and using its own platelets significantly supports and speeds up the recovery process.
PRP therapy can be applied in every situation when the patient wants to recover faster and safer, including dislocated rib injuries. This therapy will stimulate faster dislocated rib recovery and treatment. It is excellent for all injuries of the muscle-skeleton system, in degenerative joint changes, in the treatment of chronic pain, plastic surgery, etc.
To perform PRP therapy, the patient will give 10-40 ml of blood that will be treated specially to separate the certain necessary amount of platelets. The final product will be injected to the previously defined hurt spot such as the rib head. The entire procedure lasts from 15-30 minutes. This is a very safe procedure but like every other medical procedures has it’s risks and adverse side effects.
Here are some of the disadvantages of PRP therapy.
Apart from the unpleasant consequences the patient can experience are the ones connected with the injecting procedures (pain, bleeding, redness and slight swelling on the puncture spot), most of the other common side effects associated with PRP therapy whether injected in the knees, waist, back or used to fasten dislocated rib recovery time remain the same, those side effects may include:
- Pain around injured area – chest pain around the rib cage.
- secondary infection may occur.
- Allergic reaction may also occur.
- Skin discoloration/ discomfort around injecting area.
- Possible blood clot around area where PRP serum was injected
Depending on patient’s history these side effects might be either severe or not present at all, it is always advised to contact your doctor at the presence of any of the reactions mentioned above.