Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is one of several forms of regenerative medicine that could help chronic joint and soft tissue pain. The skilled medical team at reNu Medical & Injury Center in Newark, Delaware, uses PRP therapy to promote the growth of new, healthy tissue in patients who have persistent musculoskeletal pain. Find out more about PRP and how it could make a difference to your pain by calling reNu Medical & Injury Center today or using the online booking form to schedule an appointment.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy is one of the increasing number of regenerative medicine techniques. Regenerative medicine uses tissues and cells from the human body to address musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain, including soft tissue sprains and strains and joint pain.
PRP is an injectable treatment that consists of cells extracted from your blood. After the removal of the red and white blood cells, what remains is a rich source of platelets. These platelets help your blood to clot when you get injured, but also play a vital role in healing wounds.
The platelets contain growth factors, which stimulate new cell growth and multiplication. This is how your body heals itself when it’s damaged.
The theory behind regenerative medicine treatments like PRP is that giving your body more of these growth factors enhances your natural healing abilities. The result could be faster healing and healthier tissues.
To make PRP, the medical team at reNu Medical & Injury Center draws a sample of blood from you, then puts it in a centrifuge. This device spins at high speeds, which separates the platelets and plasma from your white and red blood cells.
Next, your provider injects the concentrated solution of PRP into the area of your body where you’re experiencing pain. The injection might cause some discomfort, but you can apply a local anesthetic cream prior to the injection to numb your skin.
After you’ve had your PRP injection, you’re free to go on with your day as normal. You might experience some tenderness or even an increase in pain for the first day or two as the tissues respond to the treatment, but this should soon pass.
PRP therapy isn’t an instant cure for pain because it takes a while for the new cells to grow. However, PRP does offer a longer-term solution than pain medication, which just masks the pain and does little to address the cause.
You might feel some changes after a couple of weeks, but most patients find it takes several months to appreciate the effect of PRP therapy.
You might need another injection of PRP if the first treatment doesn’t deliver the degree of improvement you hoped for, but many patients find a single injection highly effective.
If you want to learn more about PRP therapy and what it could do to help reduce your chronic pain, call reNu Medical & Injury Center today or book an appointment online.