Platelet-rich plasma is a natural treatment that has shown promising results for people with chronic pain. The process involves taking PRP from your own blood and using it as an healing agent, repairing damaged tissue in ways conventional medicine can't touch!
Modern medicine often resorts to conventional medications and surgery for the management of pain. But now, doctors are utilizing the properties in your own body to heal damaged tissue and one of these methods is platelet-rich plasma (PRP). At Hassan Spine & Sports Medicine, with locations in Old Bridge, Jersey City, Newark, and South Plainfield, New Jersey, interventional pain and sports medicine physician Shady Hassan, MD, offers PRP as a pain management treatment option that not only alleviates your discomfort, but may facilitate regeneration of the underlying condition altogether. To learn more, call the nearest office or book online.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a cutting-edge treatment that uses the healing properties from your own body to repair injured tissue. It is a form of regenerative medicine that can be extracted from a sample of your blood.Your blood is made up of plasma (liquid) and proteins, including white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. The platelets in your blood form clots to stop bleeding, and also contain other important properties, including growth factors and specialized proteins that promote healing and the regeneration of new tissue.
What conditions can benefit from PRP?
Conditions that affect your musculoskeletal system can benefit from PRP therapy. You may want to talk to the team at Hassan Spine & Sports Medicine about PRP if you are suffering from:
Rotator cuff tears
PRP can also accelerate healing after a surgical procedure.
What can I expect during PRP treatment?
Dr. Hassan will perform your PRP treatment at the Hassan Spine & Sports Medicine office. He begins by first drawing a sample of blood from your arm to create your PRP. He may then inject a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort at the area where he plans to inject your PRP sample.The PRP sample is then injected back into your damaged or diseased tissue after the isolation of healing proteins and growth factors. While treatment time depends on the patient, your PRP treatment may take approximately an hour. Depending on the injection site and your overall health, the team at Hassan Spine & Sports Medicine may recommend activity modifications following your PRP treatment. However, downtime is usually not necessary. You may notice inflammation and swelling at the injection site following the procedure, but this is expected and an indication that the PRP is working properly. While results vary, you may begin to notice a reduction in your pain and an improvement in function just a few weeks after your treatment. Dr. Hassan may recommend a series of PRP injections to get the maximum benefits. To learn more about platelet-rich plasma and how it may benefit your pain condition, call the Hassan Spine & Sports Medicine office nearest you or request an appointment online today.