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Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment for Back Pain
With recent advancements in both the field of medicine and technology, there are unique ways to capture the body’s own ability to heal itself and magnify that effect 1000x fold. That is the concept behind platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments. PRP is harvested from a patient’s blood. Blood is drawn from the patient and is concentrated using sophisticated centrifuges. The goal is to obtain a high yield of one specific component found in blood plasma (the liquid part of blood) called platelets. The main function of platelets is to help form blood clots; however, these microscopic cell fragments play critical role in the inflammatory and thus the healing process. That is due to the various enzymes, chemicals, and factors that are contained within the platelets.
What Conditions Do PRP Injections Treat?
The use of PRP injections has increased over the years to treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. These include the following:
- Chronic tendon injuries (tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, Achilles tendinosis, etc)
- Acute ligament injuries (ACL tears, rotator cuff tears)
- Acute muscle injuries (hamstring tears, bicep tears, etc)
- Osteoarthritis in joints (knee, shoulders, hip)
- Labral tears (shoulder, hip)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Plantar Fasciitis
After your injection, you may experience some soreness, so it’s probably a good idea to wait until the following day to return to work. However, some patients end up resting for a few days after the procedure.
PRP is not an instant fix for pain, and depending on what kind of condition is being treated, recovery time varies from patient to patient. But as it generates healthy tissue, patients report feeling the effects of the procedure in a few weeks. In general, you should expect to start feeling relief from painful symptoms in three to four weeks. The healing process usually continues for three to six months.
Success rates for platelet rich plasma therapy also vary depending on conditions being treated. However, these treatments have an estimated 60 to 80 percent success rate, even for injuries that are notoriously hard to heal.
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