PRP Injections For Chronic Pain


PRP stepsWhat is PRP?

Platelet-Rich Plasma injections are used to stimulate and accelerate the natural repair process of the body. The injections are prepared from the patient’s own blood, minimizing risks and side-effects. The blood is collected from the patient and spun in a centrifuge to separate the blood into different components. The component of blood with the highest concentration of platelets is extracted. This is then injected back into the target site, where it stimulates the body’s natural healing process.

What are Platelets?

Platelets are mostly known for their ability to clot blood. They are the first to be recruited to an area of injury. More importantly, platelets release numerous growth factors that recruit cells involved in repair and healing, such as stem cells, to the site of injury. Studies have shown that increased concentration of growth factors can speed up the healing process. Because of this ability, there is a rising popularity of PRP among athletes.

Where can it treat?

Current studies show that PRP is most effective in treating chronic tendon injuries affecting the ankle, knee and elbow. It has been proven to help heal conditions such as tennis elbow. It is also helpful for healing muscles, ligaments, and intervertebral discs.

How to prepare

You will be able to go home the day you receive the procedure. A typical procedure can take 45-90mins. You may need to stop taking certain types of medications before the procedure, such as NSAIDs, corticosteroids, and anticoagulants.

What to expect and considerations

The patient may experience some local bruising and tenderness at the injection site for a few days following the procedure. Note that PRP injections are not recommended for patients who suffer from bleeding disorders, active infections, or cancer. Patients who are taking anti-coagulation medications and pregnant women should also avoid this treatment.

 

 

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Our office offers PRP injections for sport and overuse injuries, joint, bursa and tendon pain, osteoarthritis, trochanteric bursitis, knee Bursitis, ischial tuberosity bursitis, achilles tendonitis, bicipital tendonitis, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, rotator cuff syndrome, trigger finger, knee ligament tendonitis, and tears, calcaneal spurs and plantar fasciitis, meniscal tears, Baker’s cysts, and lateral and medial epicondylitis.

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