Manage pain from injuries with PRP injections.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is the term used for an innovative, non-invasive, non-surgical therapy for musculoskeletal ailments.
- PRP has been used as a procedure to promote natural healing and pain relief for several decades.
- PRP injections have become an increasingly preferred treatment in lieu of an operation.
PRP is a procedure that uses the patient’s own blood to prevent or heal chronic pain in joints, tendons, ligaments, and spinal discs. In preparation for the therapy, several small tubes of blood are taken from the patient and then spun in a centrifuge. This lets the enriched platelets separate from the rest of the blood. The injection site is cleaned with a sterile swab and the platelets are then injected into the damaged or painful areas of the spine or extremities with a very fine needle. The patient’s own enriched platelets speed up the healing process.
The list of ailments that have seen relief and recovery with PRP therapy is continuously expanding. Currently, the most frequently treated ailments with PRP are: spinal stenosis, back and neck injuries and pain, torn rotator cuffs, tennis elbow, painful tendons, muscle and ligament sprains and injuries, ankle injuries, tendinitis, carpal tunnel, and osteoarthritis of the hips, spine, shoulders, and knees.
PRP is an outpatient procedure that does not require any sedation, but the area is numbed before any injection, or injections, is given. There is virtually no down time and the patient can leave the doctor’s office within a few minutes of the therapy.
Number of Treatments
The number of treatments needed will depend on the condition being treated. The doctor will discuss the number of treatments with the patient before the therapy begins. The majority of patients are able to achieve a full recovery with one or two treatments while others may need three or four treatments. Of course, the number of required treatments will also depend on the severity of the damage or degeneration.
There is little to no recovery time required for PRP treatments. That said, each patient’s recovery time will be unique to that individual. Some individuals may experience minor swelling at the injection site which may require the use of an ice pack or an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. The doctor will provide the patient with instructions regarding the need for medication or other recovery techniques. The majority of PRP patients resume their daily activities within 24 hours.
PRP therapy can be beneficial for people of all ages, health conditions, and physical activity levels who are experiencing constant pain due to joint or tendon soreness, osteoarthritis, or chronic neck, spine, or back discomfort. However, each patient is as unique as their ailment and will need to be evaluated by a doctor before any treatment is performed.