Over the last few years, I have seen countless patients who have come to our office frustrated, scared, and hopeless that their chronic pain will never go away. Their work, family, and overall quality of life was being affected by their pain. I couldn’t sit by and watch our patients turn towards drugs or surgery to alleviate their symptoms, so I started doing some research and learned about Platelet Rich Plasma Injections, or more commonly known as PRP.
What is PRP?
PRP injections are a completely natural and drug free solution to accelerate the healing of tendon injuries. It is used to treat everything from plantar fasciitis to chronic neck, back, shoulder, elbow and knee pain.
Platelets are particles found in the blood whose primary purpose is to respond to injury and begin the healing process. They migrate to the site of injury and when exposed to injured tissue, they release proteins into the bloodstream called growth factors. By concentrating the platelets, we increase the release of these growth factors which promotes healing of the injured site.
How Do PRP Injections Work?
Using the patient’s own blood, specially prepared platelets are taken and then re-injected into the affected area. These platelets release growth factors and facilitate the healing process.
At Whole Body Health, not everyone moves directly to PRP injections. We focus on a tiered approach to pain management working our way up to PRP if necessary. If our team of health care providers determine you to be a candidate, a small amount of your blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from your blood. The platelets are carefully drawn out and re-injected back into the body at the site of pain. Nothing else is injected; it is 100 percent your cells.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
There are no known negative side effects of PRP injections although soreness may be felt at the site of injection. This is a positive sign that the healing process has been set in motion. You can return to normal activity the day you receive your treatment.
Relief from your symptoms can be found naturally. If you are living with chronic pain, please call our office and schedule an appointment. Let us help you start feeling your best today.