Muscle or ligament tears can be painful and take awhile to heal. Luckily, there’s a regenerative therapy available at AABP Integrative Pain Care that can speed up the process and make your healing more efficient. The best part is that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is also a non-drug treatment.
Our skilled regenerative medicine specialists offer comprehensive care plans using PRP therapy. They can treat a wide range of painful or debilitating conditions using substances from your own blood.
Platelet-rich plasma is a biologic treatment that stimulates your body’s natural healing processes. To get the PRP needed for your injection, our physicians draw a sample of your blood.
Achieving the high-concentration of platelets to support your healing requires us to prepare your blood sample in a centrifuge, a fast-spinning device that separates platelets from other blood materials.
The remaining concentration of platelet-rich plasma is what we inject into your body. We target the damaged area of tissue using a real-time X-ray technology known as fluoroscopy. The technology helps our providers inject the PRP in the correct location with a high level of precision.
We can provide an anesthetic to numb the injection site before your treatment to keep you comfortable. After your injection, you can go back to your usual activities but should avoid strenuous exercise for a few days. There’s no need for an extended recovery time.
PRP contains essential growth factors that stimulate your body to produce new, healthy soft tissue cells to replace what’s been damaged by illness or injury.
It takes time for the growth factors to trigger the growth of new cells, so you may not see results for a few weeks after your injection.
As your body’s natural healing processes kick in, you should notice a considerable reduction in your pain and an improvement in your mobility. PRP can also strengthen your muscles and other soft tissues, so you won’t need other more invasive treatments, including surgery.
Our providers at AABP Integrative Pain Care offer comprehensive diagnostic services in-office to identify the cause of your pain. If you have a musculoskeletal injury or a chronic pain condition, they may recommend PRP injections to provide you with long-lasting pain relief.
Common conditions we can treat with PRP therapy include:
We might also recommend PRP therapy to treat the pain of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that can cause chronic neck and back pain, as well as persistent joint pain and stiffness. PRP can strengthen the muscles that support your joint to relieve your pain and increase your joint flexibility.
In some cases, you might need a series of PRP injections to achieve maximum results. Once your pain begins to resolve, our providers may refer you for physical therapy to further restore your mobility and lower your risk for additional injuries.
If you’re tired of relying on medications for pain relief and want to avoid surgery, call the AABP Integrative Pain Care office near you to schedule a diagnostic evaluation or book an appointment online today.