Chronic pain from non-healing joint or tendon injury can stop you from living your life the way you want, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Alena Polesin, MD, and Philip Rubinfeld, MD, at New Jersey Pain Management in Morristown, Bridgewater, and Rockaway, New Jersey, have the most advanced pain management treatment options, such as PRP or Stem Cell Therapy injections, to alleviate chronic pain and get you back to doing the things you love. For more information, call or book an appointment online today.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are a subset of Regenerative treatments. It involves the use of the naturally occurring platelets full of your own growth factors in your blood to accelerate the healing process in musculoskeletal conditions that affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints throughout your body.
A relatively new procedure, PRP injections have shown great improvement in painful conditions such as:
What makes PRP injections so unique is that they use your own plasma to repair damage, and one session takes just 30 minutes to an hour, so you can start on the way to recovery right away.
Your blood plasma is saturated with healing and growth factors that initiate repair when you injure yourself. By injecting PRP directly into your affected area, your body will receive a concentrated dose of platelets. These injections essentially kick start your body’s natural healing process, using your own blood platelets to minimize the risk of allergic reaction or transmissible infection.
Over about six months, you can receive up to three injections, but many patients report feeling less pain within just a few weeks of their very first injection. Because your body is naturally healing its own tissues, pain relief should be long lasting, if not permanent.
Once you decide on PRP injections, your physician will have your blood drawn. A vial of your blood will then be spun in a centrifuge to isolate your platelet rich plasma for the procedure. The PRP is then injected directly into your affected area, where you feel pain or discomfort the most.
The growth factors quickly begin doing their job by stimulating and increasing the number of reparative cells in your damaged tissue. Because your doctor is using your own PRP to relieve pain, you should experience very few, if any, side effects after the injections. The most common side effect of the PRP injection process is minor inflammation at the injection site.
For more information about PRP injections and their benefits, call New Jersey Pain Management or book an appointment online today.