Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is among the most exciting innovations in pain management over recent decades. Jalaja Piska, MD, and the team at Advanced Pain Specialists in Kankakee and Frankfort, Illinois, use PRP injections to boost your innate healing ability. For many, this approach is an excellent way to achieve lasting pain relief. Book a consultation today using the easy online scheduling page, or call the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff regarding appointment availability.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a solution created from your own blood. The process begins with a simple blood draw, similar to what takes place when you have blood work.
Dr. Piska places that blood into a device called a centrifuge, which spins the sample at a high rate of speed. That spinning force separates the solid components from the liquid plasma.
The isolated platelets are carefully extracted and reintroduced into the now-cleared plasma. Platelets are the components in your blood that enable clotting. They are also filled with special proteins called growth factors, which promote cellular development. PRP is a concentrated solution that can immediately go to work supporting your natural healing process.
Platelet-rich plasma is a natural anti-inflammatory, reducing swelling in the area where it is injected. Because the solution is formulated from your own blood, there is virtually no risk of rejection or infection.
Inflammation is a primary source of joint pain, and when swelling subsides, pain levels often decrease proportionately. Researchers also believe PRP helps promote new cell development. This can hasten tissue repair and regeneration, giving your joints a natural healing boost.
Platelet-rich plasma is used to treat tendon injuries, pulled or torn muscles, ligament damage, and even osteoarthritis. PRP injections have long been used in professional sports to help athletes get back in the game quickly after injury.
Many men and women pursue PRP injections based on a desire to find a more natural pain relief treatment. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is significantly less invasive than orthopedic surgery and carries none of the risks associated with anesthesia or surgical intervention.
Platelet-rich plasma injections can also deliver lasting relief without relying on drug therapy. While medications can play an important role in treating certain conditions, they also come with a risk of serious side effects, including addiction.
Platelet-rich plasma offers the chance to reduce pain by harnessing your body’s innate healing abilities. If you’re ready to learn more, reach out to Advanced Pain Specialists online or by phone to schedule your one-on-one consultation.