Relieve joint pain and inflammation using active growth factors from your own platelet cells
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma – a small amount of blood is drawn at the beginning of each treatment, and then spun in a centrifuge (a machine used to isolate the solids from the liquids in any solution, to separate the red and white blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma). The PRP is injected into the treatment area to accelerate healing, reduce pain, and improve the function of hurt joints.
PRP for joints can reduce the need for anti-inflammatories or stronger medications, like opioids. The side effects of PRP for joints is also very minimal, as the body will not reject or react negatively to its own blood. PRP is a great alternative for patients with tendonitis or chronic tendonitis, like tennis elbow, who have not had success with other treatments. This treatment can also significantly enhance the healing process with musculoskeletal problems.
It is recommended that patients receive a series of treatments 1-2 months apart when beginning PRP treatments. After this, patients can come in for maintenance treatments when necessary. Treatment plans vary from patient to patient. Your doctor will discuss a personal treatment plan with you during a consultation.
Results can vary from patient to patient; some patients need to come in for treatments every 3 months, while others will only need treatment once a year.
The platelets in the PRP contain growth factors – injecting the PRP from your own body into the injury site will help tissues repair themselves by causing new cells to form. This greatly helps reduce inflammation around joints, which temporarily eases pain and can increase joint flexibility. The PRP can also help reverse existing tissue damage.
It is recommended that patients avoid medications like Ibuprofen for a week prior, and 2 weeks after the treatment. Patients should also stop all other treatments, like cortisone shots, prior to the treatment as well. As blood will be drawn at the beginning of the appointment, it is advised that patients eat before the appointment, and arrive well hydrated.
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