When it comes to enhanced healing treatments that can be beneficial for speeding up healing and providing pain relief, the platelet rich plasma therapy can do the job. This therapy can help you when other methods have failed to provide relief in your back or neck, rotator cuff, pelvic area, and more.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Your blood normally contains platelets, which are well-known to help your blood to clot when there is an injury. They are also known to aid in the healing of muscle tissue, tendons, and your ligaments.
Separating platelets from your blood enables a treatment solution to be heavily concentrated with platelets to induce faster healing. The separation of the platelets from the red blood cells is achieved with a centrifuge, and, since it is from your blood, it is safe to use when reinjecting it into your body.
How It Is Used
When treating an area for pain, platelet rich plasma therapy is often used in areas where there is pain. It has been found to be effective by increasing the rate of healing in many areas of your body. It can provide faster healing in cases of:
- Tendon injuries
- Ligament sprains
- Meniscal injuries
Development of the PRP Process
The process was first used with elite athletes and showed promising results. It is also frequently used by cutting edge medical centers to speed up healing and rehabilitation in their patients. Injuries that resulted in damage to bones and cartilage, as well as to soft tissue, can be healed and regenerated faster by PRP.
How Treatment Is Given
This procedure is offered in an outpatient situation, and generally only takes a couple of hours. Only local anesthesia is used with the injection, removing the need for prolonged stays. Over a period of time, more than one injection may be needed, but many people only need one or two injections – depending on the severity of the injury.
If the injection is going to be given in or near the spinal column, special tools will be necessary to provide safety. This may include x-rays or a fluoroscope, and ultrasound may be used in other areas. The risk of an allergic reaction or of infection is very low.
Length of Treatment
The treatment does not work immediately, but simply aids in the healing process. Once the injection has been given, the platelets will attract other components in the blood, such as stem cells, to help provide faster healing.
Once the healing has been completed, after a couple of months, it is generally a permanent solution to the pain. Because it is minimally invasive, it can enable you to continue your life and even go back to your normal activities immediately.
At Lower Back Pain NY, we offer platelet rich plasma therapy. We enable many people to reduce their pain with various interventional pain treatments and help them to get back to living again. Let us help you. Contact one of our many offices in New York City today and start getting back to living again.