Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for pain relief
Whether you’re suffering from a minor or a major injury, injury can take a toll on a person’s life.
Serious injuries can adversely affect an individual’s physical health and mental well-being. In some cases, it can take years to fully recover from the trauma.
If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain or a musculoskeletal injury, you can get relief from a non-surgical treatment known as ‘Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy’.
Platelet-Rich Plasma, also known as ‘PRP’, is a common treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. It is an effective, safe and natural treatment.
PRP therapy can be used to treat swelling and stiffness, inflammation, damaged tendons, sprained knees and more.
How does it work?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. A high-quality PRP system can concentrate platelets 6-10 times greater than what is usual in blood. The platelets contain growth factors such as platelet-derived growth factor, epidermal growth factor (EGF), fibroblast growth factor, and connective tissue growth factor. Blood is drawn from the patient and is then placed in a centrifuge to spin at high speeds. This allows the platelet-rich plasma to separate from the blood.
The PRP therapy involves using an injured individual’s own platelets to kickstart the healing process and alleviate pain. It is a non-surgical treatment and can offer immediate pain relief.
PRP is used to help repair the tissue, calm osteoarthritic symptoms and decrease inflammation, implement healing in injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, and can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems These treatments have the ability to slow down the loss of cartilage within a joint, preventing further wear on the flexible tissues at the end of a bone. PRP is also useful in decreasing the amount of pain and stiffness while improving the patient’s ability to function.
The procedure is done without surgery and doesn’t require hospital stays. It is an in house procedure consisting of:
- SINGLE BLOOD DRAW FROM THE PATIENT
- BLOOD IS PLACED IN CENTRIFUGE FOR SEPERATION
- PLASMA IS READY FOR EXTRACTION
- PLASMA IS INJECTED INTO DYSFUNCTIONAL JOINT OR TISSUE
Most people return to work and usual activities right after the procedure. Your physician will advise you on how many injections you need within a specific time frame.
Patients have been opting for PRP treatments as a less invasive alternative to undergoing surgery. When the PRP is injected directly into the afflicted area it will generate a response in the joint to stimulate the formation of new cartilage as well as inhibit inflammation and slow down the progression of osteoarthritis. Patients are far less vulnerable to the risks that accompany surgeries when treated with PRP, such as the chance of infection and blood clotting.
What are the expected results?
The procedure promotes the body’s natural healing process and offers permanent pain-relief.
Depending on the extent of injury, healing may take a few months. But, in some cases, injured individuals noticed a significant improvement within a few weeks.
At Divergent Healthcare, we understand that injuries can take a toll on anyone’s health and happiness.
Our physicians perform PRP therapy in Calgary.
Keep in mind, PRP therapy is a physician-applied treatment. Our physicians are trained, experienced and use sterile tools and equipment for the treatment.
Do you have any questions for us? Feel free to call at 403.909.8111 for free consultation.
PRP can treat a variety of conditions, which includes but is not limited to:
- Chronic tendon injuries, sprains or strains
- Pelvic pain and discomfort
- Back injuries and pain
- Neck injuries and pain
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Ligament Sprains
- Ankle sprains
- Joint pain