PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a procedure that uses your own blood. It consists of a solution of platelet cells, proteins, and growth factors which are used for regeneration. The platelets are rich with materials that rebuild tissue as well as heal your body. Because PRP uses your own blood, no foreign chemicals or synthetic chemicals are used. The risks of other side effects are minimal.The platelets are injected into parts of the body that are damaged to help them heal.
The procedure is being used with some success for patients with disc pain, joint pain, and other types of pain. It also seems to help people with arthritis.
When PRP works, it provides long-term relief. How well the procedure works depends on a variety of factors including how severe your pain is. PRP treatments are not intensive.
Blood is drawn (like a normal blood test) and prepared. This takes about a half-hour and is done wen you visit the office. A centrifuge is then used to separate the platelets from the red blood cells. The platelets are kept and then injected into the damaged area that is causing the pain. A fluoroscope is used to guide the injection into the right spot.
Normally, 2 to 6 injections are needed. Many petitions experience relief after the first or second treatment.Normally, PRP treatments have minimal pain. If there is pain, then some medications, other than anti-inflammatory drugs, can help with the healing.
The benefits and risks of PRP
- When PRP works, the repair is usually permanent.
- The procedure is minimally invasive.
- Patients often see results fairly quickly
After treatment, patients should avoid strenuous exercise until the body fully heals.
PRP is generally a safe procedure. Because you’re using your own blood, you shouldn’t have an allergic reaction. Risks include bleeding, damage to a nerve, and infection.
PRP is normally not considered until it’s clear more traditional pain management techniques aren’t working.
This blog does not constitute medical advice.
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