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 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, 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. PRP regenerative treatments focus instead on diagnosing and solving the real problem by correcting the disease.
Before your PRP injection appointment, our providers will work with you to focus on gathering the precise diagnosis with the use of imaging and physical assessment. We take the time to listen to our patients describe their pain, when it started, and how it has progressed.
By acquiring a precision diagnosis, our providers can formulate a thorough and individualized treatment plan for your specific condition. Our provider’s advanced training ensures the use of precise injection techniques in conjunction with world-class lab processing to give you the best chance for a positive outcome–right here in Central Minnesota.
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.
Once in the room with the provider performing the injections, we cleanse the treatment area and apply a local anesthetic to ensure the most painless experience possible. Under the guidance of dynamic ultrasound imaging, our highly trained providers will inject your platelet-rich plasma directly into your injured areas. 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.
Depending on the region and extent of the injury, you may require multiple treatments and/or personalized physical therapy. After your injections, there is often a very brief recovery period. For the first 1-3 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 healing ability.
You may begin to feel the results of your PRP therapy within two to four weeks, depending on the region and extent of your injury. Ordinarily, the symptom relief and healing process continue to improve for up to 3 months per treatment. 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.