If you experience a sports or work-related injury and want to support your body’s natural healing process, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can help. At Pain & Anesthesia Care in New Brunswick, New Jersey, pain management physician Garen Gajian, MD, uses PRP therapy to ease pain caused by arthritis, overuse, and general wear-and-tear. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that uses your body’s own growth factors to encourage healing. Your blood is primarily a liquid, but it also contains microscopic solids, including white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Platelets cause your blood to clot, but in high concentrations, they also encourage recovery.
PRP therapy exposes a damaged or diseased joint or soft tissue to a highly concentrated platelet solution. Once the solution enters your body, it promotes circulation, eases inflammation, and triggers new cell and tissue production.
PRP therapy is an outpatient procedure that Pain & Anesthesia Care provides on-site. At the start of your appointment, your provider draws a sample of your blood and places it into a machine called a centrifuge.
The centrifuge spins around rapidly, separating your platelets from the rest of your blood. Once the machine finishes spinning, your provider administers the plasma-rich solution via injection. The PRP solution enters your bloodstream and triggers your body’s natural healing response.
Pain & Anesthesia Care uses PRP therapy to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including:
You might also benefit from PRP therapy if you’re struggling to recover following orthopedic surgery. A series of PRP injections can speed up the healing process while minimizing pain, inflammation, and discomfort.
PRP therapy is safe and usually well-tolerated. Since it uses your own blood, there’s little risk of infection. Following your appointment, it’s reasonable to experience slight pain and swelling at each injection site, but any discomfort should subside within a day or two. Listen to your provider’s recovery instructions carefully and avoid rushing back to normal activities right away.
PRP therapy promotes healing and growth over time. As a result, you probably won’t notice an immediate improvement in your symptoms.
Over several weeks or months, you’ll begin to notice gradual changes in your body. As the healing process continues, you’ll experience less pain, improved mobility, and a better quality of life in general. This can take anywhere from three to six months.
To schedule a PRP therapy appointment at Pain & Anesthesia Care, call the office to speak with a team member or book a consultation online today.