When PRP is injected into the site of pain or inflammation, the growth factors can kick start your body’s natural healing mechanisms, going to work to repair damaged tissue and restore normal function. As inflammation goes down, the pain relief kicks in, and you can move without the tightness and pain caused by internal pressure and swelling. PRP therapy is a good option for patients for whom other methods, such as steroid injections and oral pain relievers, have failed.
PRP is commonly used for joint or tendon pain caused by acute injury or by overuse. It has been found effective in managing pain due to osteoarthritis of the knees, as well as for chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. Our board-certified physicians primarily recommend PRP therapy for the management of joint pain. Your pain management specialist will draw your blood, spin it in the centrifuge to obtain the platelet-rich plasma, and inject the PRP directly into the joint capsule. An ultrasound or other imaging system may be used to ensure precise placement of the injection, and you may need several injections to achieve the desired result. The whole process generally takes only one to two hours, and pain relief from PRP can last for several months after your injection.