Just like a machine requires regular maintenance, your joints need regular care. Daily physical activities, participation in sports, and working out all take a toll on the lining of your joints.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy uses injections to accelerate your body’s natural healing process. PRP injections contain a concentrated form of your blood’s platelets, a protein with growth factors that facilitate body repair.
PRP therapy involves extracting platelets from your own blood and injecting the serum directly into the damaged area.
Making PRP requires a simple blood draw and a quick blood spin to concentrate your platelets.
The platelets are then injected back into your joints or where the source of pain is. When injected into your joints, platelets clean up the inflammation and help relieve pain while keeping your joints healthy.
Published evidence in a head-to-head comparison shows PRP therapy to be much superior to cortisone/steroid and hyaluronic acid/gel injections. More importantly, there aren’t any side effects. Also, pain relief with PRP lasts longer, up to six months to a year.
PRP can help treat and provide pain relief from chronic upper and lower back pain, degenerative disc disease, disc herniations, lumbar and cervical facet dysfunction, and neck pain.