Pain Management is a growing patient need. Traditional methods of treatment including medications, injections and physical therapies have failed to provide millions of patients with effective pain management control. We find ourselves in the middle of an opioid crisis. President Trump has declared the overuse of opioid medications as a national emergency.
The use of new innovative treatment techniques including platelet rich plasma therapy is an effective procedure that provides patients with pain free living.
Platelet rich plasma therapy is an emerging pain management therapy which has proven to be effective.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood which is drawn and then put through a process of centrifugation (spinning) to generate a natural concentrate of the patient’s own growth factors. The main growth factors present in PRP are platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGFB), insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) and fiberblast growth factor (FGF).
After centrifuging the patient’s blood specimen a blood product is obtained containing concentrated proteins which stimulates the release of angiogenic growth factors causing tissue regeneration and healing. This blood product can be non-invasively injected into an infected area of the body to activate healing through the delivery of these tissue regenerating proteins.
As an outpatient procedure, PRP is administered by injection at the site of injury. Since PRP originates from the patient’s own blood there is a low risk of reaction.
The extracted concentrate of platelets injected around or near the area of injury being treated stimulates the production of growth factors, triggering an inflammatory response lasting around three (3) days. The proliferative phase which follows may last several weeks, followed by a remodeling phase that leads to the formation and stabilization of regenerated mature healed tissue in approximately six (6) months time. The patient may experience mild pain or irritation at the application site for a few days after the injection, however, other more serious side effects and complications are unlikely.
Most patients may return to regular physical activities following the injection. Return to full activity is possible in most patients as the body responds to the therapy. Occasionally, based upon the area injected, physician may request the patient to have limited weight bearing activity or motion immediately after receiving the injection. Then patients are encouraged to gradually increase activity and range of motion as healing occurs.
Multiple injections may be required in patients with chronic injuries. The progression of the affected area determines the number of injections. Some patients may require a series of 3-5 treatments.
Types of medical conditions currently being treated including the following:
- complex regional pain syndrome
- injuries of all major joints
- lumbar radiculopathy
- low back pain consistent with degenerative joint disease
- wounds of all types including pressure ulcers, post traumatic ulcers, post-operative ulcers, vascular ulcers, stasis ulcers
- chronic tendon injuries
- non union of bone fractures
- knee osteoarthritis
- hip osteoarthritis
- ligament tears
- cartilage injuries
- bones injuries
- arthritic injuries
Because PRP helps create a new blood flow into damaged areas subsequently prompting the body to improve stem cell supply (the body’s natural repair cells) to the injury virtually any injury or damaged site can be healed using PRP therapy.
Please call Sollay Laser Center today at (410) 644-7655 for your free consultation to determine if PRP therapy would be effective for your medical condition.