At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, our pain management physicians use various treatments to help patients manage their chronic pain. With these measures, patients can minimize the effects their conditions have on their quality of life, allowing them to perform everyday tasks and activities with no pain triggers.
Your blood’s plasma has a number of special properties that benefit your body. Its platelets are responsible for promoting cell growth and cell repair. That’s why the latest practices in pain medicine have begun extracting and processing a patient’s blood to produce platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to be injected into areas with musculoskeletal conditions. This is to promote healing and tissue repair that can help manage your condition.
If you’re interested in using the latest treatment in pain management to restore your joint, muscle, and other tissues through a natural substance, PRP therapy may be the right solution for you. Schedule an appointment with our physicians in New Jersey and New York to learn if PRP injections are the right treatment for you.
PRP therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that uses platelet-rich plasma extracted from your blood to be injected into the injured tissue affected by your condition. PRP is concentrated with platelets, the cells in your blood responsible for blood clotting and cell repair. When injected into broken soft tissue, its growth factors and proteins can promote new healthy cells to grow and replace broken tissue.
This regenerative process is popularly used in sports medicine and regenerative medicine for treating soft tissue injury and chronic pain conditions caused by worn tissues like muscles, tendons, joints, and more. For instance, patients with osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by worn cartilage in certain joints) can benefit from PRP injections with the PRP stimulating cell growth within the cartilage. This can cause cells to heal faster and replace worn, older cells. In the process, inflammation is decreased, which reduces joint pain.
During a PRP injection, blood is first extracted from the patient. It is them processed in a centrifuge to isolate the plasma and its platelets from the rest of the substances in your blood. The PRP is then injected into your affected area, with some physicians using imaging equipment like ultrasounds to pinpoint the specific area for an accurate injection.
Because of its process, PRP therapy is considered autologous, which means that it’s a substance that comes directly from your body. This reduces the risk of an adverse effect like an allergic reaction, compared to other injectable treatments. Patients who undergo PRP treatment also experience minimal pain and need little to no downtime after their injection.
Depending on the severity of your condition, it can take several PRP injections before noticing changes to your inflammation and pain triggers. Schedule an appointment with our specialists at Metro Pain and Vein Centers to learn more about how receiving PRP injections can affect your chronic pain.
Rather than temporary pain relief solutions that only treat the symptom or the pain, PRP therapy treats the root cause of the pain with a minimally-invasive procedure. It provides lasting results for patients with chronic pain caused by damaged tissues, as the healing process can reduce the pain experienced. It can take as little as three injections scheduled within six weeks to feel the difference, though some patients report a noticeable change in their pain management plan after just one or two injections.
At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, our PRP therapy is a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure that provides long-term results. By regenerating damaged tissue, we can stop your condition from getting worse or needing more drastic surgical procedures to treat your condition.
A: PRP is a suitable treatment for conditions that are caused by damaged tissue from injury, overuse, or wear. Some examples include sports injuries, osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, tendonitis, tennis elbow, tendon injuries, pulled muscles, rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, and more. Schedule an appointment at Metro Pain and Vein Centers to have a physician determine if PRP is a good addition to your custom treatment plan.
A: PRP is autologous, meaning the plasma comes from your own body. Compared to other injectable treatments, this means that the risk of allergic reactions is much lower. However, expect minor side effects like bruising and inflammation at the injection site, which is a common side effect for all types of injectables.
A: PRP injections are minimally invasive and do not require downtime or recovery. There are minor side effects from the injection process, but otherwise the risk of adverse effects is low. Patients may need at least three PRP injections spread within six weeks, though some patients report positive changes as early as after the first injection.
At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, we provide various treatments and comprehensive solutions to help you manage your condition. PRP therapy is a solution for injuries and tissue damage that treats the underlying cause without the need for invasive surgery. Schedule an appointment with our pain management experts and physicians today to see if PRP injections can be a beneficial part of your custom treatment plan.