Poorly healed injuries and an overgrowth of scar tissue are common causes of chronic pain that can be hard to address. If you have chronic pain, double board-certified pain management specialist Ronak D. Patel, MD, of Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute can help using platelet-rich plasma (PRP). For residents of Plainsboro Township, Manalapan, Hamilton, and other communities, Dr. Patel uses PRP as a safe way to stimulate the natural healing processes and resolve the cause of your condition. Contact the Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute office in Plainsboro or Manalapan, New Jersey, to schedule a consultation or telehealth appointment or book online today.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is an injectable treatment that contains growth factors – elements of your blood that help with tissue healing and new cell generation. It's one of a growing selection of innovative biological treatments known as regenerative medicine.
Regenerative medicine products all come from human tissues, either extracted from your body or donated. PRP comes from your blood, so what you're receiving when you have a PRP injection at Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute is your very own cells.
PRP raises the levels of growth factors in an area of damaged tissue. Your blood automatically carries platelets containing growth factors to an injury site, to begin the repair process. The more growth factors there are, the better and faster the wound heals.
PRP has a significantly higher proportion of growth factors in it than the equivalent volume of blood. That means it can accelerate and enhance the healing process. PRP can even promote further healing in tissues where your body has done all it can.
PRP is a valuable treatment at Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute for a variety of musculoskeletal disorders, including:
PRP is taking an ever-greater role in the orthopedic care of these and other musculoskeletal problems. It's also proving to be invaluable in treating sports injuries, with world-class athletes benefiting from PRP therapy.
One of the key benefits of PRP therapy is that it treats the cause of your pain. Rather than using medications that have no curative effect to reduce pain temporarily, PRP targets the tissue damage that's behind your pain, providing a long-term solution.
Other benefits include:
It only takes an hour at most to perform a typical PRP therapy session, which is done in-office at Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute.
You can normally return to your regular routine the day after your PRP therapy.
Using PRP can help stop injuries from reaching a point where surgery is necessary. PRP could also be effective in healing tissue damage for which surgery would normally be the only alternative. It's far safer and less painful to have an injection of PRP than undergo a surgical procedure.
PRP isn't an instant fix for chronic pain, as it takes time for the injections to work. You should experience an improvement in mobility and reduction in pain within 4-6 weeks of your PRP treatment. This improvement can continue for up to 12 months.
To find out more about PRP and whether you're a suitable candidate for regenerative medicine, call Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute today or book an appointment online.