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How Does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Work?

Spine and joint health are critical to maintaining a pain-free life. Even short-term problems can severely impact your mobility and range of motion, making it difficult and uncomfortable to perform simple tasks like bending and sitting. In some cases, pain may be debilitating, preventing you from enjoying life to its fullest.

A non-surgical treatment option that has proven effective for the treatment of chronic back and joint pain is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. Using platelets harvested from a patient’s own blood, the treatment stimulates healing and helps the body repair and regenerate damaged tissues naturally.

Platelets are an important component of blood, and comprise one of its major clotting factors. When your body experiences a soft tissue injury, platelets rush to the site of the damage and form a sticky clot to stop the bleeding. In addition to this, they contain growth factors and enzymes that assist in the healing process.

The Treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood that contains a high concentration of platelets. By delivering platelets directly to the site of injury through injections, the healing process can be stimulated and the blood supply to that area improved.

Your physician will begin the procedure by withdrawing a small amount of your blood and running it through a centrifuge to separate the platelets. This takes approximately fifteen minutes. Once isolated, the platelets are prepared for injection. Since they have been harvested from your own body, the risk of an adverse reaction is minimal.

Under local anesthetic, the platelets are then injected directly into the site of injury. The concentrated injection is loaded with nutrient-rich platelets, allowing it to facilitate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. Your doctor will use state-of-the-art ultrasound to ensure the injection goes exactly where it will be most beneficial.

This is a quick process, and any pain or discomfort experienced during the injection is minimal. Afterwards, you may find the area around the injection site is sore, but this can be easily managed by applying an ice pack. In fact, most patients are able to return to work the day after their treatment.

PRP injections can be an effective tool for managing and treating chronic back or joint pain resulting from a variety of conditions, including tendinitis, osteoarthritis, and muscle tears. If you are interested in learning more about the treatment, contact us today.

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