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PRP: Why it’s a Game-Changer in Remedying Joint Pain and Injuries

July 01, 2021 | PRP injection

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You may have heard star athletes are turning to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for faster injury recovery — some celebrities have even added it to their skin care routine — but is PRP worth the hype?We think it is.Dr. Neel Amin, our double board-certified pain management expert, specializes in PRP therapy and recommends it to our patients living with chronic pain. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions we get about PRP.

What is PRP?

You don’t realize it, but the power of PRP is coursing through your veins. You read that correctly — PRP comes from your blood, not a lab. Inside that red, sticky substance are some powerful growth and healing factors, namely plasma and platelets.

Plasma is the liquid part of your blood that allows blood cells, proteins, and platelets to move through your bloodstream. Platelets are a special type of blood cell that aids the healing process and makes your blood clot.

We isolate plasma and platelets by taking a sample of your blood and placing it in a machine called a centrifuge. This machine spins your sample and separates the platelets from the rest of your blood. Then, we take the concentrated solution of growth factors and prepare it for injection.

Once injected, PRP works to relieve your pain by reducing inflammation, stimulating your natural healing process, and promoting new cell growth. For added pain relief, we may include a local anesthetic in your injection.

What are the benefits of PRP therapy?

PRP comes with a few inherent benefits that other methods of pain management don’t offer. For example, we can inject PRP directly into the painful areas of your body, giving you targeted pain relief.

Since it comes from your own blood, there are virtually no side effects other than injection-site tenderness associated with PRP. Bonus: PRP injections are minimally invasive, so there’s no need to take time off for recovery.

PRP also allows you to participate fully in other conservative therapies, including physical therapy. We may also combine PRP injections with stem cell therapy to maximize your pain relief.

Am I a candidate?

Pain impacts each patient differently, and as a result, you can find yourself passed from specialist to specialist trying to find the perfect combination of treatments. Fortunately, PRP is almost always a treatment option.

PRP may not be right for you if you’re pregnant, anemic, have a blood disorder, or have a medical condition, such as an infection. We conduct a thorough review of your health history and symptoms before recommending PRP.

There are a wide range of injuries and chronic pain and orthopedic conditions that respond well to PRP, including:

We also recommend PRP if your pain hasn’t responded to other treatments or you’re looking to avoid surgical intervention or prescription medication.

What can I expect from a PRP injection?

We administer PRP injections in the comfort of our office on an outpatient basis. From start to finish, your session shouldn’t take longer than an hour. Results may take upwards of two weeks to develop, and you may need more than one injection to reach your pain relief goals.

We schedule a follow-up appointment with you two weeks after your injection to assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.

If you want to see if PRP is right for you, don’t hesitate to call our friendly staff or request an appointment online at our Aventura, Florida, office.