How Platelet Rich Plasma Injections Work to Provide Relief From Chronic Disease and Injuries

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections Provide Relief  Pain Management Group, LLC,

The United States has a population of more than 327 million people, and an estimated 1% of the population experiences debilitating chronic pain that resists treatment. Many chronic pain patients have suffered an acute injury, while others suffer from progressive diseases such as disc degeneration or arthritis.

Narcotics and steroid injections have long been the first line of defense against chronic pain, but both of these options can lose their effectiveness over time and cause significant side effects.

Fortunately, new advances in regenerative medicine can give chronic pain patients relief, without the risk of opioid dependence or the side effects of repeated steroid injections.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are restoring mobility to thousands of patients, and Ajit Pai, MD, offers this revolutionary treatment to chronic pain patients in Mishawaka and South Bend, Illinois.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Your blood is composed of several different types of cells, which are suspended in a clear fluid called plasma. Red blood cells carry oxygen, white blood cells fight infection, and platelets help blood to clot in order to heal the body.

Platelets also contain growth factors and other proteins, which can help control inflammation and attract stem cells to the point of injury, speeding healing and reducing pain.

How is Platelet Rich Plasma created?

Dr. Pai can create platelet rich plasma from your own blood and inject it into the site of your pain in a simple inpatient procedure. First, one or more vials of blood are drawn, as would be for a routine lab test. Then the blood is placed in a centrifuge and spun to extract the platelets.

The blood separates into three layers: the heavier red blood cells, the white blood cells and platelets mixed with plasma, and a final layer of almost empty plasma. The white blood cells and platelets are concentrated to create a plasma 5-10 times richer than the whole blood.

Where is PRP injected?

Platelet rich plasma is injected into the site of the pain — which could be your knee, elbow, spine, or elsewhere. The PRP injection can be guided by an ultrasound or fluoroscopy (continuous x-ray) to ensure the platelets are injected directly into the site of damaged tissue.

The entire process can take as little as one hour in the doctor’s office, with the centrifuging of the blood taking the most time.

What conditions can Platelet Rich Plasma treat?

PRP pain management therapy is particularly effective for patients with chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease, and for soft tissue injuries such as rotator cuff tears, ulnar collateral ligament tears, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), osteoarthritis of the knee, hamstring injuries, and Achilles tendinopathy.

How do PRP injections work?

Once PRP is injected at the site of damaged tissue, growth factors are released that prompt the healing process to begin. Additional cells with healing properties, such as stem cells, are also attracted to the site of the injury or damage.

The result is lowered inflammation (and subsequently, lower pain levels) and regeneration of damaged tissue. PRP can effectively relieve pain when conservative treatments such as bracing, limited activity, and physical therapy have failed.

Is PRP safe?

PRP is autologous, meaning it is created from material taken from your own body. This makes it extremely safe, as it is very unlikely your body will reject its own blood cells.

Some patients experience a small amount of discomfort and swelling directly after the injection, but the discomfort passes in just a few days.

Pain relief is generally noticeable within just 2-3 weeks and can last for up to six months or longer. Dr. Pai can give you a second injection in 4-8 weeks if your pain is not sufficiently managed by the initial injection.

If an injury or chronic condition is causing you ongoing pain, contact Pain Management Group, LLC, and ask for a consultation. PRP injections could be the best way to treat your chronic pain and restore your mobility and quality of life.

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