PRP for pain management
What is PRP or platelet rich plasma? In PRP treatment the patient’s own blood is taken with a simple blood draw. Using a variable centrifuge machine this blood is spun down to separate out and concentrate the platelets and growth factors that are essential for tissue healing.
How is PRP used for pain management? – PRP is most effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries, especially tennis elbow, a very common injury of the tendons on the outside of the elbow.
– PRP is used to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems.
– When treating osteoarthritis with platelet-rich plasma, a doctor injects PRP directly into the affected joint. The goal is to:
- Reduce pain
- Improve joint function of the knee, hip, elbow, ankle and hands
- Possibly slow, halt, or even repair damage to cartilage
Is the procedure painful? Patients typically experience significant reduction in pain after the first or second injection. PRP injections are not painful and its easily doneby a pain specialist at the office.
How long does it take for PRP to work? Most patients notice some element of improvement by 2-6 weeks after PRP. Usually a second treatment is needed 6 weeks apart
What are the contraindications for the procedure?
- Have a medical condition that could worsen or spread with injections, such as an active infection, a metastatic disease, or certain skin diseases
- Have certain blood and bleeding disorders
- Are undergoing anticoagulation therapy
- Are anemic
- Are pregnant