PRP is blood plasma that contains a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are naturally found in your blood, where their job is to migrate to the site of an injury, stop any bleeding, and release proteins called growth factors that activate healing.
The PRP used in your injection comes from your own blood. Your provider at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness draws your blood, then puts it in a centrifuge.
The centrifuge spins the blood, separating the plasma and platelets from the other blood components. All the platelets and a small amount of plasma are immediately used in your PRP injection.
When your provider injects PRP at the site of injured tissues, the growth factors trigger and accelerate healing. The growth factors also:
As PRP and your body’s natural stem cells work together, they regenerate the new cells needed to repair injuries and build new tissues.
PRP injections are especially beneficial for regenerative orthopedics because the healing cells build new muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bone, and skin.
At DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness, the providers often use PRP injections to treat joint pain caused by an injury or arthritis. PRP may also treat spinal conditions caused by age-related degeneration, such as a herniated disc and degenerative disc disease.
PRP is often a good option when you have a slow-healing injury or an injury that’s so severe it overwhelms your body’s healing process. You may also need a PRP injection when you injure a body part that has a limited blood supply, such as the meniscus.
Your PRP procedure is done in the office using a local anesthetic. Depending on the location of your injury, your provider may use real-time imaging to see the tissues and the needle and ensure the PRP is injected at the targeted tissues.
PRP injections may cause temporary side effects such as inflammation, pain, and swelling, but you can go back to work the next day if you don’t have a physically demanding job. Most patients get back to their normal activities after the swelling and pain go down in a few days.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for PRP injections, call DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness or book an appointment online.