Types of Pain & Treatments
We've compiled helpful information to help you learn more about the types of pain that could be affecting your quality of life daily.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
An alternative to invasive surgery that can be just as effective in treating your chronic pain.
What is PRP?
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is in your blood and is typically used for clotting. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors. These are extremely important in healing injuries and are the reason for PRP injections.
PRP is plasma that has been refined to contain many more platelets than what you’d normally find in your blood. When used in injections for healing, PRP contains a concentration of growth factors that can be five to ten times richer than usual, which is why it’s so powerful to heal injuries—and ultimately, reduce pain.
What kinds of pain can be treated with PRP?
There are a number of different areas you can treat with PRP for pain reduction. Here are some of the most common areas PRP is used to effectively reduce pain and heal injuries:
1. PRP for knees
This is one of the most common areas PRP is used to treat. Whether you have arthritis or another chronic pain condition in your knees, PRP is injected into the site of injury. Over time, these growth factors work to repair the tissue in order to heal the area, which results in pain relief.
2. PRP for shoulder pain
When it comes to your shoulders, there are many injuries incurred over a lifetime that can cause chronic pain later in life. PRP treats shoulder pain caused by tendon issues like shoulder impingement syndrome and other ailments by repairing the damaged tissues.
3. PRP for back pain
A major cause of chronic back pain in patients is problems related to their discs. The way platelet-rich plasma works to correct this back pain is by injecting these growth factors into the disc with the injury, allowing it to heal and therefore no longer activate the very sensitive nerves in that area.
4. PRP for elbow pain
Tennis players or anyone experiencing symptoms of tennis elbow can benefit greatly from PRP. The injury here is typically in the tendon, which can tear and cause pain. Using platelet-rich plasma, the injuries are healed and your pain is reduced over time.
How long does PRP last?
The results of PRP can vary from patient to patient. Because it’s your own platelet-rich plasma that’s used on your own injury, guaranteed results are impossible. However, many researchers studying PRP documented that patients saw improvement 3-6 months after the injection, with results declining after six months. That’s why we always recommend a tailored treatment plan to ensure long-lasting results.
What can you expect after a PRP treatment?
Post treatment, your doctor will advise you to rest the injected area. However, most patients can resume their typical daily activities. Keep in mind that this treatment is not instantaneous. You will have to wait for the growth factors to work their magic and for your pain to dissipate. In a few weeks to months, you may experience less pain, more mobility, and overall relief in the treated area.