Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a breakthrough regenerative treatment that uses the innate healing properties of blood plasma to repair damaged tissue. At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, the team of pain management experts can give you PRP treatments to reduce pain and inflammation resulting from injuries and chronic conditions. They have offices in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York. To find out more about PRP, make an appointment online or over the phone today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a liquid concentrate taken from your blood, which your doctor then injects into a targeted area to promote healing. PRP is high in platelets, tiny cells in your blood’s plasma that play a key role in healing soft tissue injuries. Platelets help your blood clot when you get a wound and contain growth factors and proteins that encourage the growth of new, healthy cells.
This regenerative therapy has shown great potential in treating various injuries and chronic pain conditions, including osteoarthritis and back and neck pain, by helping the body replace damaged, inflamed tissue.
When you come in for a PRP treatment at Metro Pain and Vein Centers, a member of the team draws a small blood sample — similar in size to the amount drawn in a blood test — and then places it in a device called a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the sample and separates out the platelets to create a PRP concentrate. The PRP is then injected into the area where you’re experiencing pain.
The entire process, including drawing your blood and preparing the concentrate, normally takes about 30 minutes. You’ll be able to return to your usual activities right after the procedure. Because PRP comes from your own blood, your body can easily accept it.
PRP therapy is designed to have lasting results because it promotes lasting healing beyond providing temporary pain relief. It may take between six weeks and three months before you see results because the healing process takes time. You may need up to three PRP injections to get the relief you’re looking for, though it’s possible you’ll feel better after just one or two.
PRP therapy is a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure that can reduce your reliance on medication, stop the progression of conditions before they cause irreversible tissue damage, and even help you avoid surgery.
To learn more about how PRP therapy can help relieve pain from an injury or chronic condition, book an appointment with Metro Pain and Vein Centers online or over the phone today.