Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may be used as therapy to promote healing. Plasma is part of your blood that contains proteins that promote cell growth and help blood clot. Platelet-rich plasma is concentrated plasma that has been isolated from the other components of the patient’s own blood. Doctors have been using PRP injections to treat sports injuries such as tennis elbow and Achilles tendonitis, knee sprains and pulled hamstring muscle, making it an effective chronic pain treatment. The injections have also been used as a postsurgical repair and to relieve osteoarthritis.
What Is PRP?
Plate-rich plasma is made from your own blood. A sample of your blood is taken and put in a centrifuge. This process separates the plasma, platelets red and white blood cells. A concentration of platelets are mixed with a small amount of plasma and injected into the damaged tissue. This may be in the lower back, knee, elbow, neck or other places. After the injection, special white blood cells rush to the spot to remove damaged cells. After this, healthy cells begin to multiply. Gradually, the damaged tissue is repaired and rebuilt. There is no recovery time after the chronic pain treatment injection. You can go home but may need more injections as you heal depending on the severity of the pain and damaged tissue.
What to Expect during Chronic Pain Treatment
You don’t need much preparation for PRP therapy for chronic pain treatment. The amount of blood taken will depend on where the injection will be given. It may be more or less than about one teaspoon. The whole process takes about an hour. If you require a different form of chronic pain treatment, such as stem cell therapy or chiropractic care, we can discuss that at your consultation.
What Are the Benefits of PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical pain management option. It is a great solution to pain because the body actually heals itself. The underlying cause of the pain is remedied, unlike an injection that masks the pain. For some patients, PRP can help avoid surgery. This may depend on the severity of the injury.
You will experience results according to the extent of the injury. For most people, reduced pain and increased flexibility are experienced in four to six weeks. To allow the tissue to heal, our specialist may ask you to avoid strenuous exercise or activity for a few weeks after the treatment. If the knees or lower back were treated, you may be asked not to lift heavy loads for a few weeks.
When you visit our specialist at Synergy Medical in Bradenton, FL you can ask questions and may learn more about PRP therapy for chronic pain treatment. If you are a good candidate, you may be able to become permanently pain-free in a matter of months, or you may be considered for one of our other treatments. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!