How does PRP eliminate pain without surgery?
Everyone’s blood is composed of the same key components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Platelets are the essential component that PRP therapy relies on to assist in the healing of chronic pain and injury.
Platelets are an incredible army of cells that circulate in your blood. They are primarily recognized for controlling bleeding and clotting. Additionally, platelets also release over 1,500 growth factors and proteins that facilitate wound healing and tissue repair. Platelet-rich plasma therapy works by concentrating your platelets within your blood and injecting them into injured areas. This triggers your body’s natural healing process and reduces inflammation and pain.
We process your cells right here at our St. Cloud area clinic with the highest attention to detail using a precision process. Our top tier lab allows us to isolate, concentrate and extract the correct and best formulation of platelets and growth factors. This is done specifically to each patient and their individual needs. We understand that joints, tendons, muscles, and nerves each require specific and unique PRP formulations for best results.
Common Areas Treated with PRP
Acute injuries, Arthritis, ACL, MCL, PCL, Meniscal Tears, Chronic Pain, Tendon Injury, and Tendonitis
Acute Injuries, Arthritis, Labral Tears, Tendon Injuries, Tendinitis, Bursitis
Chronic Pain, Facet Syndrome, Arthritis, Sciatica, Degenerative Disc Disease, Disc Herniation and Tears
Bursitis, Shoulder Separations, Rotator Cuff Tendonitis/Tears, Arthritis, Labral Tears
Your Surgery-Free Solution
Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP – is a non-surgical regenerative injection therapy for the treatment of the spine and joints.
PRP represents one method in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, which seeks to utilize and promote the body’s natural healing ability. Chronic degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and tendinopathy (tendonitis) now have effective surgery alternatives.
Traditional pain relief management treatments for spine and joint disease focus on the use of corticosteroids and NSAIDs – such as ibuprofen, and naproxen. These therapies can be effective for some people but they don’t address the underlying cause of a person’s joint pain and instability. Long term use of NSAIDS and cortisone injections can also be harmful to the body in many ways. PRP treatments focus instead on healing of the affected areas, and addressing the root cause of degeneration which is usually related to the instability of the area.
Each potential candidate for a PRP treatment will first have a comprehensive evaluation. It will include a physical assessment, and a review of prior imaging. After this evaluation is completed we can establish an individualized treatment plan for your specific condition.
Conditions We Treat with PRP Therapy
- Joint arthritis
- Hip, knee, and shoulder pain
- Chronic tendonitis/tendonosis in the elbow, hip, knee, foot, and ankle
- Acute ligament and muscle injuries in athletes
- Common sports injuries
- Muscle tears
- Neck and back pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
What to Expect In Your PRP Therapy Session
We start by drawing your blood and spinning it in a specialized centrifuge to isolate the platelets and growth factors for your injections. From beginning to end, the blood processing takes approximately 90 minutes, so expect a short period of downtime while we prepare your PRP. We encourage you to eat a small healthy snack or light meal before your blood draw. You are also encouraged to do the same thing before your PRP injection as you wait for the procedure. Make sure to stay hydrated during this time as well and drink plenty of water.
To begin your procedure we first apply a local anesthetic to ensure the most painless experience possible. A provider will then inject your PRP directly into your injured areas under the guidance of dynamic ultrasound imaging. We believe this is the optimal way to perform this procedure, as it allows us to clearly visualize the areas we are targeting and avoid trauma to the surrounding structures.
After your injections, there is often a brief recovery period. For the first 3-7 days, it is normal to experience some swelling, tightness, and discomfort at the injection site. During this time, we will provide you with specific post-procedure instructions and safe ways to manage the discomfort while optimizing your treatment.
You may begin to feel the results of your PRP therapy within two to four weeks post procedure. The healing will process continue for up to 3 months after your procedure. It’s important to schedule a follow-up appointment with your provider somewhere between 4-6 weeks after each PRP treatment to evaluate your progress.