Chronic pain can be a difficult thing to deal with. Fortunately, there are a lot of effective treatments available that can help you deal with chronic pain effectively. One such treatment is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP is a treatment for orthopedic injuries and inflammatory conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. Some examples of conditions that can been treated by PRP therapy include arthritis, ligament injuries, sprains, and tears. PRP therapy is also a great treatment after surgery because it has properties that can accelerate healing. It can also be used to delay or eliminate the need of surgery.
PRP therapy’s goal is to boost your body’s natural ability to heal itself. This is done by harvesting platelet-rich plasma from your body and using it to trigger a healing response in the target area. The triggered response will boost healing, reduce inflammation, and ultimately, fix the damaged tissue. As a result, patients find effective relief from pain symptoms.
PRP Injection Process Step-by-Step
Here are the steps to PRP therapy:
- The first step of the procedure is to draw blood. The doctor will need anywhere from 15 to 50 ml of blood. This process will be similar to when you get blood drawn for a blood test.
- The blood is then put in a centrifuge machine, which will separate the blood’s content and create a highly concentrated amount of the platelet-rich plasma.
- Next, the injection site is disinfected to prepare for the PRP injection. The PRP therapy process is sometimes image-guided using ultrasound technology. This helps ensure the PRP is injected exactly in the right spot of the body needing treatment. Depending on the treatment area, your overall health, and your doctor’s judgment call, you may receive local anesthetic to make sure you are comfortable during the treatment.
- The platelet-rich plasma is injected into the target area, and the area is cleaned and bandaged.
After PRP Therapy
After the procedure, the platelet-rich plasma inside your body will trigger some inflammation which can cause some soreness. It is normal for the site to be inflamed for a few days. Over the next couple of weeks, the PRP will trigger healing in the treatment area, and you will notice a reduction in pain.
You may need to have a few sessions of PRP therapy for effective and long-lasting results. Your doctor will recommend the right number of treatment sessions depending on your condition.
PRP Therapy in Texas
The pain doctors at Balcones Pain Consultants are experts at diagnosing, treating, and preventing all types of chronic pain issues. Our experts can diagnose your condition and determine if you are a good candidate for PRP therapy.
We treat all types of pain issues with state-of-the-art and advanced treatments, such as PRP therapy, stem cell therapy, infusion therapy, epidural injections, spinal cord stimulation, biofeedback, and other treatments. To find the best treatment for your pain symptoms, make an appointment with us today.
Call us at 512-834-4141 or request an appointment now. We look forward to serving you in our Cedar Park, Austin, and Marble Falls locations.