04 Dec When Joint Pain Persists, PRP Can Help
At Integrated Pain Consultants, Dr. Nikesh Seth treats a number of patients who were prescribed medication and rest for their joint pain—to no avail. Why does it seem like muscles can repair with ease, but the joint pain lingers? It’s all about blood flow. Muscles are a rich red color because they are full of blood. Ligaments, tendons, and other connective tissues are white because blood flow is minimal. Blood has plenty of platelets that are full of growth factors, and these growth factors are necessary for the body to heal itself.
How PRP Helps Relieve Pain
Platelets are protein-rich miracle workers that are immediately sent to an injured site. However, when they can’t get to that injury site, they can’t do their job. Connective tissue is notoriously difficult to heal because of this lack of platelet supply. However, with PRP injections, you’re in control of where platelets go and in what quantity.
PRP uses your body’s own natural healing powers to start the healing process. It doesn’t matter if an injury is old or new, although you may have better results with a newer injury. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections involve a single process per injection. Blood is drawn, then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. Next, the “poor” plasma is removed so only the plasma with the most platelets remains.
A special x-ray is used to ensure the platelets are injected directly into the injury site. This can be an uncomfortable but fast process depending on the degree of injury and the area. PRP has been shown to be most successful in treating knee injuries. However, the shoulder joint is similar in many ways to the knee joint, and PRP may also be effective here.
What To Expect With PRP Treatment | Integrated Pain Consultants, Arizona
It can take several weeks for results to show. The platelets will be hard at work, and you can continue your usual daily activities in the interim. There may be some soreness for a day or two after the injection, but nothing that will keep you from your usual work or play. Some clients require a few injections, while others have success with just one. Monitoring is a must to gauge how well PRP is working. If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552.