The way your tissues heal after an injury can significantly affect your chances of a full recovery. If your body needs a healing boost, the experienced team at AABP Integrative Pain Care in New York can help with PRP injections. PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a biological substance that stimulates healing to resolve chronic pain. Call AABP Integrative Pain Care’s office in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, Midtown East, New York City, or in White Plains or Great Neck, New York, to find out more about PRP or book an appointment online today.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is one of a range of innovative biological treatments. These biologics use substances extracted from your blood, cells, and tissues, or sometimes from donors.
The substances go through a process of refinement and concentration. Then the patient has an injection containing the biologic into their damaged tissues. The substances used in biologic treatments promote tissue healing and new cell growth, like PRP.
The platelets in PRP are a vital component of your blood. They stop you from bleeding too much when you sustain an injury by enabling the blood to clot. Platelets also contain growth factors, which are essential for healing.
The growth factors in your platelets work with other healing substances like stem cells to stimulate new tissue growth. The new, healthy cells replace the old, injured tissue, restoring strength and stability and relieving pain.
Sometimes the number of platelets your body delivers to the injury site might be insufficient to complete the healing process. By introducing a concentrated dose of platelets in the form of PRP, your provider at AABP Integrative Pain Care triggers additional, boosted healing that can help resolve many musculoskeletal conditions.
PRP could be useful in treating numerous musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain conditions. Examples include:
You won’t feel the effect of your PRP injection straight away like you would with a nerve block. It takes a while for the growth factors in the PRP to create enough new cells to make a noticeable difference.
After the initial improvement, which might happen in a couple of weeks, you should experience continued benefits over the next few months. The effects of PRP injections can sometimes last for a year or more.
When you’re ready for your PRP therapy, your provider at AABP Integrative Pain Care extracts some blood from your arm. They put the blood in a centrifuge, which spins very fast, separating the platelets and plasma (liquid) from the other components of your blood.
Next, your provider injects the concentrated platelets into the damaged area. They use ultrasound guidance to view the needle and ensure optimal accuracy.
Some patients benefit from a single PRP treatment, but most get the best results with several injections.
To find out how PRP therapy could help your musculoskeletal pain heal, call AABP Integrative Pain Care today or book an appointment online.