Complimentary or regenerative medicine is an exciting and rapidly evolving branch in the field of interventional pain management. Regenerative medicine is a non-surgical treatment option for chronic pain patients that merges state of the art medical technology with the body’s natural ability to heal and repair itself.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy or PRP, is an advanced treatment option that uses the patient’s own blood components to stimulate the body’s healing process in the damaged or injured area causing pain. A small amount of blood is taken from the patient and spun in a specially designed centrifuge to isolate and increase the concentration of platelets. The concentrated platelets are then injected into the affected or injured area, stimulating the body’s natural response to heal itself.
How does the PRP process work?
- Your health care provider will collect a small amount of blood. This sample then goes through a rapid spinning process that separates and concentrates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors from the blood. The entire PRP production process is usually done in less than 30 minutes.
Am I a candidate for treatment?
- Speak with your physician and ask if this treatment is right for you. Your provider will perform an examination to decide if this therapy will benefit you. If you are taking anti-inflammatory medications or blood thinners, your physician may temporarily discontinue the use of these medications until your treatment has taken place.
What are the risks associated with this treatment?
- Platelet rich plasma therapy utilizes your body’s own natural properties to treat your injury. Side effects from platelet rich plasma treatment are very uncommon.