Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Benefits of PRP Therapy

Living with chronic or acute pain can be a continuous struggle, but finding long-lasting relief can be even more challenging. At All Star Pain Management, we offer platelet rich plasma therapy as a minimally-invasive injectable treatment that brings significant relief to muscle, tendon and ligament injury or disease by using your body’s own regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties. If more conservative pain reduction methods have left you in agony, next-generation regenerative treatments like platelet rich plasma can drastically alleviate your suffering and get you back on your feet by healing your body from within.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

The blood in your body is primarily made up of plasma, which refers to the liquid component of blood that is rich in nutrients, proteins and antibodies. Plasma also serves as a medium for the other small but critical components of blood to flow through your body; red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. You may already be familiar with blood platelets – they play an essential role in helping blood to clot when you sustain a cut or wound. What you may not have known is that platelets also secrete proteins known as growth factors that are critical for stimulating tissue regeneration, reducing inflammation and promoting overall healing.

Platelet rich plasma, often abbreviated to PRP, is a proven regenerative treatment in which a small sample of your own blood is taken, processed, and injected back into your body directly at the source of your pain. To generate PRP, the platelets from your sample are separated from the plasma in a centrifuge, which is a machine that rotates at rapid speeds to isolate liquids of different densities. The isolated platelets and remaining plasma creates PRP, which is five to ten times richer in platelets than blood, and thus significantly better at healing damage when injected directly at the source of the injury.

What concerns can PRP treat?

PRP has a long history of use as a complementary treatment combined more invasive operative surgeries to help speed up recovery and downtime following the procedure. However, over the last few years, PRP has skyrocketed in popularity as a stand-alone injectable treatment, as clinical studies continue to discover new uses for it’s healing properties – from stimulating hair growth in patients with alopecia to elite athletes utilizing PRP for acute sports injuries.

Some of the most promising PRP research has been observed in the treatment of chronic injuries and common orthopedic problems. At All Star Pain Management, we offer minimally-invasive PRP injections to treat the following conditions in the muscles, ligaments and tendons:

  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Bicep tendonitis
  • Chronic joint pain
  • DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patellar tendinosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Quadriceps tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tendinosis
  • SI joint arthritis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Wrist tendinitis

Is PRP Therapy Safe?

PRP injections are performed in-office on an outpatient basis and typically take between 45 to 90 minutes to complete. PRP is an autologous treatment, which means it utilizes your body’s own healing resources to treat the affected area. This eliminates the possibility of an allergic reaction to your injections, as the substance is entirely natural and compatible with your own unique biology.

Adverse side effects are rare, but patients may experience pain or irritation at the site of the injection. Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment, with downtime only being prescribed in relation to existing injuries. Improvement of your injuries should be observed over the course of a few weeks as the PRP works to regenerate tissue and reduce inflammation and discomfort gradually.

Resources

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (2011). Platelet-rich plasma. Retrieved from: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00648

Hassan AS, El-Shafey AM, Ahmed HS, & Hamed MS (2015). Effectiveness of the intra-articular injection of platelet rich plasma in the treatment of patients with primary knee osteoarthritis. The Egypt Rheumatol, 37(3), 119-124.

All content has been reviewed and approved by orthopedic specialist Dr. Zvezdomir “Zed” Zamfirov. Dr. Zed’s practice — All Star Pain Management and Regenerative Medicine — proudly serves the Annapolis, Greater Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas.

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