Understanding PRP Therapy: A Breakthrough Approach to Pain Treatment

When it comes to pain management, there are many methods to manage pain. Recently, Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is considered one of the best approaches to treat pain in musculoskeletal injuries. But is it effective and safe? What about its side effects? How does it work? Don’t worry. We cover all your concerns in this article.

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What is platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) contains two elements – plasma (the liquid portion of blood) and platelets (a type of blood cell that plays an essential role in healing throughout the body). Platelets have clotting abilities, because they contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that trigger cell reproduction, stimulate tissue regeneration, or heal in the treated area. PRP is simply your blood that contains more platelets than normal.

It is created from your blood in the doctor’s office, they take a blood sample and place it into a device called a centrifuge that rapidly spins the sample and separates its components of the blood from the platelets in the plasma. Now this platelet-rich plasma is injected directly to the site of your injury and pain.

How do PRP injections work?

When a PRP shot is injected into the site of pain and inflammation, the platelet growth factors can kick-start your body’s natural healing process, which starts repairing the damaged tissue to restore normal function. As inflammation goes down, the pain relief kicks in, and you can move without any tightness and pain (caused by internal pressure and swelling).

It’s a good option for patients who want to lower the pain in the injured tissue of the joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, and who have already tried other treatment methods that don’t work.

How to prepare

Before the procedure, you may need to follow these guidelines to ensure your treatment proceeds as planned and increase your chances of getting optimal results.

  • 3 weeks before: If you take any steroid medications, discontinue them.
  • A week before: Avoid taking any ibuprofen, aspirin, or NSAIDs. Discontinue the use of any anticoagulant medications. Discontinue herbs, supplements, or vitamins linked with blood thinning. If you have any concerns about any medications or supplements you take, consult with your doctor.
  • The day before: Make sure to drink plenty of water, eat well, and get a good night’s sleep.
  • The day of: Keep yourself hydrated and eat a nutritious meal that keeps you full.

Procedure

During the procedure, your doctor first draws a blood sample from your body and puts it into a machine called a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest components of the blood by spinning at high speed.

Then, the doctor clears the site of the injection with an antiseptic solution and in some cases uses local anesthesia to numb the area of your body before treating it with PRP injections. Once numb, the doctor injects platelets using a needle and syringe.

In case the location or nature of the injury is hard to pinpoint with the naked eye, the doctor uses ultrasound to get real-time images of the inside of the body to inject the plasma into the right location of the injury to treat it. The whole procedure may take around 30 minutes, depending on the area of the injury.

How painful is PRP injection?

Usually, the shots are fairly painless. However, you may experience a level of discomfort depending on the location of your injury and how severe it is. You may notice that the place where you get that shot might be sore or bruised.

Side effects, benefits, and special considerations

PRP doesn’t have major side effects because it uses your blood to make PRP. That’s why your risk of allergic reaction is fairly low. Rare side effects you may experience are:

  • Bleeding
  • Damaged tissue
  • Infection
  • Nerve injury

Many benefits offered by PRP therapy, including:

  • Easy and painless treatment.
  • Accelerate the healing process.
  • Boost recovery.
  • Relief inflammation.
  • Fewer side effects.

Keep in mind that PRP injections are not for everyone. If you have any of the following problems you can’t take PRP injection, including:

  • Abnormal platelet function or low platelet count.
  • Anemia
  • Cancer
  • Infection

So, before planning to take PRP therapy, consult with your doctor about whether you are eligible for PRP therapy or not.

PRP Therapy is an exceptionally good option for treating pain and inflammation from musculoskeletal pain and injuries to cosmetic procedures. As it uses your blood to make PRP, it lowers the risk of severe side effects. It is an easy and painless treatment. However, it’s not for everyone. So, before planning this therapy, consult with your doctor if you’re eligible for this therapy or not.

If you need help with your pain or injury, then visit our pain management clinic to get professional help. If you want to know if PRP is a good option for you or not, call us right now to get a consultation today or visit our office in Brooklyn, East New York, and Brownsville. Medical professionals at Doral Health & Wellness’ Pain Medical Clinic can give you advice on how to deal with your pain. The location at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212 is well-served by public transportation, including many bus routes, and the subway line. Visit our website at http://www.painmanagementbrooklyn.com/ or to contact us on +1-347-384-5690 for additional details.