Musculoskeletal injuries are one of the most common causes of chronic pain and disability. If you are one of the millions of people in the United States suffering from chronic pain due to an injury, you may benefit from the innovative platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. At Advanced Spine and Pain, with offices throughout Fairfax County, VA, Stafford, VA & the Greater Baltimore, MD Area, PRP treatments are available to enhance your healing. Learn more about the benefits of PRP by booking your appointment online today.
Platelet-rich plasma is a unique approach to healing musculoskeletal injuries and returning your body to a pre-injury state. The team at Advanced Spine and Pain use your blood plasma to help improve the efficiency of your body’s natural healing process.
Your blood contains liquid plasma and small solids known as red cells, white cells, and platelets. The platelets are responsible for blood clotting and contain hundreds of proteins that are vital for healing injuries.
In PRP therapy, the plasma contains more platelets than you usually have in your blood. Your doctor draws blood from your peripheral vein and places the collection into a centrifuge. The device quickly spins the blood to achieve a high concentration of platelets in a small volume of plasma.
Your doctor administers PRP in one of two ways:
Your doctor re-injects the concentration of plasma and blood directly into the injury site. They may also use a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort. Following the injection, you may experience inflammation and pain at the injection site for several days before benefits are noticeable.
Your doctor may choose to administer PRP therapy after a surgical procedure. They may stitch the plasma into tissues at the injury site during surgery to improve healing efficiency during your recovery.
Many factors can influence the suitability of PRP therapy for an injury. Depending on the area of your body receiving treatment and your overall health, your doctor may recommend PRP as part of your treatment plan.
PRP treatments may be effective for:
Your doctor carefully evaluates your condition and discusses your expectations for healing before recommending PRP therapy.
There are minimal reported risks associated with PRP. You may experience temporary increased pain at the site of the injection for several days or weeks that usually resolves on its own.
You may also be at increased risk of:
Your doctor can answer your specific questions about treatment and what you can expect following the procedure.
Schedule a consultation online today.