Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy utilizes your body’s natural healing process to alleviate chronic pain. At Advanced Pain Management, Narinder Grewal, MD, and the pain management specialists use PRP to repair damaged muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. PRP therapy can help fight inflammation, pain, and stiffness in your body. Call the Santa Clarita or Lancaster, California, office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
The platelets in your blood are red blood cells that contain growth and healing factors. They promote long-lasting healing for musculoskeletal conditions like:
When injected into your damaged muscle, tendon, ligament, or joint, PRP therapy sends healing factors straight to the source of pain, which helps repair the injury over time.
PRP therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that delivers permanent results. Because the procedure uses your own platelet-rich plasma to promote healing, the effects of the treatment cannot wear off over time.
With dramatic results that last, PRP can help patients with chronic pain avoid more invasive procedures, such as back surgery or joint replacement surgery.
What sets PRP therapy apart from alternative nonsurgical treatments is that most of those therapies focus on alleviating pain. While PRP therapy does relieve chronic pain, its goal is to repair the root of the problem rather than manage its symptoms alone.
Once the Advanced Pain Management team determines that you’re a good candidate for PRP therapy, they take your blood and run it through a centrifuge.
This process separates the platelet-rich plasma from your blood, so you’re only injected with a high concentration of healing growth factors.
Next, the team injects the platelet-rich plasma directly into a predetermined site — the muscle, disc, tendon, or ligament that’s causing you pain — to repair the damage.
While you may feel relief after your first injection, the team recommends anywhere from two to four treatments depending on the severity of your pain.
Most patients experience a significant reduction in chronic pain within four to six weeks after the procedure. You may feel sore at the injection site for a few days after the PRP treatment, but it’s important that you avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medication, as these drugs can impact your body’s natural healing processes.
PRP therapy can provide lasting pain relief to your damaged tissues. For more information on this nonsurgical procedure, call Advanced Pain Management or schedule an appointment online.