Patients seeking relief from joint and tendon pain can consider a state-of-the-art procedure called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. The team at New Hampshire Regenerative Center LLC in Manchester, New Hampshire, offer this safe therapy as an alternative to cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications, and surgery. PRP Injections are effective in reducing pain and inflammation in the joints and tendons, with no unpleasant side effects. Find out if PRP injections are the option for you by calling or scheduling an appointment online.
Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.
When these growth factors are isolated and injected into areas of your body like your joints and tendons, the growth factors help stimulate new tissue development. When the new tissue develops, inflammation and pain are reduced or eliminated.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a therapy being used to assist many professional athletes like Tiger Woods, Chris Sale, Jerry Bayless, Isaiah Thomas, Kobe Bryant, and Hines Ward to accelerate their healing time. These athletes received PRP therapy after experiencing injuries that should have sidelined them for months. Instead, they’ve experienced faster recovery times thanks to PRP treatments.
However, PRP is great for anyone suffering from acute joint or tendon pain, especially those who do not want to undergo traditional medical treatment plans. At New Hampshire Regenerative Center, the pain specialists meet with you to discuss all of your treatment options, take a thorough review of your medical history, and help you determine if PRP Injections are right for you.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can potentially treat a range of sports and acute injuries resulting in joint, tendon and ligament pain. Soft tissue injuries are most responsive to PRP treatment. The following is a representative, non-exhaustive sample:
For example, tendonitis, such as Achilles tendonitis or patellar tendonitis in the knee, or tennis elbow, are common overuse conditions plaguing many athletes. Many of these tendons involve microscopic tearing and formation of scar tissue. It is often difficult to heal these tendon injuries due to poor blood supply to these regions. With PRP treatment, this concentrated platelet injection enhances the nutrients and growth factors in the injured area to allow the body to heal it. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives.
Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.
When you arrive at the New Hampshire Regenerative Center office, the team begins by doing a routine blood draw. Then the sample is placed into a special machine that separates the various blood components, including:
Next, the doctor extracts the PRP and prepares the injection. Depending on the number of injections and the size of the area being treated, expect the procedure to take about an hour.
If PRP injections are recommended, the doctors go over all of the precautions and preparations needed prior to your procedure. In general, you’ll be asked to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications for about a week prior to PRP, and drink lots of water. Any other specific medication or supplement restrictions are discussed. Please note, PRP is still considered experimental and is not covered by most insurance policies.
After the procedure, you’ll receive thorough aftercare instructions to ensure a successful recovery. You will need to avoid certain physical activities and medications as the area heals, but this will be discussed prior to the procedure. You’ll come back for a follow-up appointment in approximately four weeks for a check on your progress and advice about the next steps in your treatment.
Learn more about PRP injections by booking a consultation at New Hampshire Regenerative Center today.