Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are a novel and groundbreaking therapy to aid patients suffering from joint pain. PRP injections utilize the patient’s own blood as a source to concentrate cells that accelerate healing and aid in the reduction of pain for both acute and chronic symptoms and pathology. Blood is withdrawn from the patient and undergoes a process to isolate a serum rich in platelets and other factors. Utilizing image guidance by ultrasound or fluoroscopy, the PRP serum is injected directly into the symptomatic pathology and root cause of your pain.
What conditions can be aided with PRP therapy?
Patient with the following conditions may be candidates for this therapy:
Chronic neck and back pain
Are PRP injections safe?
Yes, although there are risks with every procedure, PRP is a safe and effective treatment modality that does carry the risk of allergic reactions due to PRP being isolated from a patient’s own blood. Patients may have a slight increase in pain such as soreness after the injection; however, it is temporary and typically does not limit function. Many patients notice a benefit within the first few weeks; however, results may not be evident until at least 3 months after the procedure.
Am I an appropriate candidate for this procedure?
Prior to consideration of this therapy, a thorough evaluation and examination must be conducted to determine if a patient is an appropriate candidate. Dr. Masri at Colorado Interventional Health Sciences will help patients’ understand the complex landscape of this growing field providing guidance for appropriate treatment.
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