Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is one of the most well-established forms of regenerative medicine, providing effective relief when used to manage soft tissue injuries and causes of chronic pain. The interventional pain management team at Southwest Pain Management in Irving, Texas, specializes in using PRP and other forms of regenerative medicine to treat patients who have chronic pain problems and slow healing tissue damage. Call today to find out how PRP could help you or book an appointment online.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, one of a group of relatively new types of treatments called regenerative medicine.
Regenerative medicine techniques use products taken from your own blood or tissues, or in some cases donors, which are then refined and concentrated before being injected into damaged tissues to promote healing and new tissue growth.
PRP uses platelets extracted from your blood. Platelets are probably best known for their ability to form blood clots at the site of an injury, but they also perform an essential function in the healing process as well.
Platelets are a rich source of growth factors, which stimulate healing and tissue growth. Your provider at Southwest Pain Management takes some of your blood and extracts the platelets using a centrifuge, which separates the platelets from the other parts of your blood.
They then inject the concentrated platelet solution into your tissues, using ultrasound guidance to deliver the PRP to the central point of the damaged area.
The growth factors in the platelets immediately begin the process of stimulating new tissue growth, replacing the old, injured tissue with healthy new cells.
As well as being an effective treatment for many causes of chronic pain, PRP is also one of the safest treatments you can have. Since it’s made from your own blood, there’s no risk of your body rejecting the PRP or of it causing any adverse reactions.
Researchers haven’t yet discovered all the potential applications for PRP and other forms of regenerative medicine. At Southwest Pain Management, patients report experiencing improvement in symptoms following PRP injections for:
You won’t feel instantly better after a PRP injection, as it takes time for the growth factors in the platelets to get to work. After a few weeks, you might begin to notice an improvement, which continues over the following months.
Typically patients find optimal results from having a course of PRP injections. The effects can last for months and sometimes years.
To find out more about PRP and other forms of regenerative medicine available at Southwest Pain Management, call today or book an appointment online.