Procedures

PRP (platelet-rich plasma)

Looking for PRP Injections in Norfolk and Bridgewater, Massachusetts? Bay State Pain Management Provides Regenerative Non-Surgical PRP (platelet-rich plasma) Treatment for Spine, Joint, Back Pain & Other Types of Pain Conditions. 

 

PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) injections are a fantastic choice for patients who are seeking to reduce their chronic pain without surgery. PRP injections have been thoroughly studied and are safe, effective and minimally invasive. Every patient will supply the blood for their own Platelet-Rich Plasma injections, which means there is no risk of having an allergic reaction. The centrifuge process, which is the process that our expert doctors need to perform for separating blood cells and platelets, will take about a half an hour. Once prepared, the injections themselves are minimally painful, and those who happen to experience any discomfort preceding the procedure, can generally expect the pain to dissipate within a few days’ time. 

  • Overview
  • What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
  • 5 BENEFITS OF PRP THERAPY
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Simple Process

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma is prepared by centrifuging a small amount of a patient’s blood to obtain a platelet-rich sample. The platelets are activated and then injected under ultrasound or X-ray guidance. In most cases, the treatment can be completed in one session. More than one course of PRP may be required and can be safely performed depending upon the response to the therapy and clinical indications.

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PRP AS PART OF STEM CELL TREATMENT

Once introduced, the platelets then release signal proteins and growth factors which activate the stem cells to divide rapidly. Stem cells by themselves are limited in their ability to repair the injured area. For their maximal effect, stem cells have to be properly directed, and platelets perform this function. In effect, stem cells are construction workers and the platelets are their supervisors. Once they are activated, these stem cells perform a variety of valuable functions. Apart from repairing damage to the injured areas, they help damaged cells repair themselves and participate in the repairing process in a process called Immunomodulation.

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LIGHT ACTIVATION

We use light activation on our Platelet Rich Plasma. Light activation, which is also known as photomodulation or photoactivation, is thought to stimulate the growth factors within the platelet rich plasma in living cells.

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ULTRASOUND OR X-RAY GUIDANCE

We use ultrasound guidance or x-ray fluoroscopy to increase the precision and accuracy of Platelet Rich Plasma administration and decrease the likelihood of complications.

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

PRP is a concentrated preparation of platelets and growth factors and it is taken from the patient’s own blood. It is used to treat a variety of soft tissue and joint disorders by promoting the healing process.

PRP has also been demonstrated to improve function and reduce pain in people who have tendonitis or chronic tendinosis conditions such as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow. Some of the key advantages of PRP injections are that they can reduce the need for anti-inflammatories or stronger medications like opioids.

5 BENEFITS OF PRP THERAPY

PRP therapy is one of the cutting-edge pain management approaches today. It has significantly enhanced the healing process for most musculoskeletal injuries and other soft tissue damages.

Here are 5 benefits of PRP therapy:

#1 HELPS HEAL SEVERAL CASES OF SPINE INJURIES

PRP therapy provides relief to those who are suffering from trauma and other spine-related injuries. Spine injuries may affect joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles and other soft tissues of the body. 

Muscle injuries happen when the force against the muscle is so great that the tissue begins to tear. Ligaments, on the other hand, take time and are difficult to heal

This makes PRP therapy an appealing option to help athletes in their healing process from sports injuries. This approach aims to restore the functionality and mobility of the injured joint or muscle.

#2 PROVIDES SYMPTOMATIC RELIEF FOR KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS

One of the most common findings in osteoarthritis is the severe reduction of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for lubricating and cushioning the joints to keep them working smoothly.

Osteoarthritis patients who are suffering from severe knee pain can greatly benefit from PRP therapy. PRP therapy helps restore hyaluronic acid concentration in the knees due to synovial fibroblast and hepatocyte growth factors in the platelet substance. Thus, reversing joint damage and eliminating disease progression.

#3 EFFECTIVELY HEALS AND REDUCES INFLAMMATION

The human anatomy is a complex structureIt may take time to heal when a muscle, joint, ligament or any part of the body is injured. In most cases, depending on the severity of the injury, healing may take months or years even.

PRP therapy is an advanced technique that provides a fast, safe and effective healing process. This pain management approach also effectively reduces inflammation and swelling.

#4 SIMPLE AND MINIMALLY INVASIVE INTERVENTION

The PRP therapy procedure starts with collecting blood samples from the patient. The blood is then processed for concentration. The aim is to produce a substance that contains the needed ingredients and growth factors specific for the patient’s injury or condition.

The derived substance is then injected into the affected area. This procedure can also reduce the need for surgery.

#5 POSES LASTING RELIEF FOR LOW BACK PAIN

In the 2015 report published in Epoch Times, PRP therapy was found to help chronic back pain, which is very difficult to treat. PRP therapy can help reduce back pain by improving structural elements such as ligaments, discs, and joints.

 

These are just 5 of the many benefits of PRP therapy. This treatment can help boost the healing process of a wide variety of musculoskeletal pain and injuries by using natural protein and “growth factors” found in the platelet.

Re-administration of your own platelets to activate your body’s natural healing

There are some very common questions that are asked at our clinics regarding PRP injections. Some of which include:

How is PRP Obtained & Administered?

During an office visit, one of our medical professionals will take some samples of the patients’ own blood. The blood will be specially prepared in a centrifuge where the healing factors in the blood are extracted and then injected into the injured area under an ultrasound-guidance procedure.

How Does PRP Work?

Healing wounds is a very complex process and it involves multiple steps. PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) stimulates, or promotes, the natural healing process by creating a controlled, inflammatory response. PRP injections have also been shown to improve a persons’ chronic joint pain and their arthritis.

Is the Procedure Safe?

Yes. Since the patient’s own blood is always used, there is no risk of contracting a transferrable disease. Effects of the procedure are no different from those of a routine blood draw. Side effects are very rare and temporary if you do happen to have any. Patients have claimed to have some minor pain at the injection site.

What Conditions Can be Treated with PRP Injections?

There is various tendon, ligament, muscle and joint or cartilage injuries that can be treated with PRP. Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections are a safe option for patients whose bodies have not responded to proper physical therapy or any other non-surgical treatments, like cortisone injections.

Are the Injections Effective?

Many studies on PRP Injections and other regenerative medicine therapies show to achieve significant reductions in chronic pain and improvements in bodily function. There are many testimonies about PRP injection therapy benefits that have been reported. Results vary from person to person, and there are some patients who do not see or experience significant improvement.

Do I Have to Qualify to Receive the Treatments?

Yes. Our expert doctor will work with you to figure out if you are physically capable to receiving PRP Injections. Patients with certain medical conditions may be ineligible for the injections. Problems like low platelet count or platelet dysfunction, active infections or fever, anemia, and certain cancers may restrict a person from qualifying.

 

Is PRP Covered by Insurance?

Currently Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections are not covered by most insurances. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure or pricing, please us today at one of our pain management locations.

How Long Before I Feel Better?

Chronic pain and bodily function typically improve within a few weeks’ time. This can also depend on the underlying problem or injury. One treatment is often all that is required to start seeing results. However, there are time when a 2nd or 3rd injection is performed anywhere between 6-12 weeks after the first initial injection. This is also depending on the underlying condition and the patient’s response to the first injection.

How Long Will My Appointment Last?

Plan to be at our clinic for about 60 minutes from start to finish. Patients are able to drive themselves home after the procedure, however alternate transportation might be necessary or recommended, depending on the area that the procedure is performed.