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How Exactly Does PRP Work?

Platelet Rich Plasma treatment relieves acute or chronic pain by promoting the natural healing potential of the body with platelets from your own blood. As I explained in an earlier blog, blood is made up of red and white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Following an injury, platelets in our bodies are activated and release healing proteins packed with growth factors. By delivering a higher concentration of these platelets directly into the area in need, the natural healing process is intensified.

PRP is a particularly good source of these growth and healing factors because it is created from your own blood quickly, easily and safely. There is virtually no risk of a transmissible infection and a low risk of allergic reaction.

Here’s how the non-invasive PRP procedure is done by our skilled doctors at NJ Pain Care Specialists:

  • After we clean and anesthetize the injured area, we take a small sample of your blood. The blood is placed in a centrifuge machine and spun rapidly, separating it into its primary components – platelets, white blood cells, plasma, and red blood cells.
  • A portion of the plasma is removed and the concentrated platelets are mixed with the remaining plasma to form the platelet-rich solution that is injected into and around the injured tissues.
  • The concentrated platelets trigger a natural immune response as specialized white blood cells rush in to remove damaged cells and prepare the tissue for healing.
  • Stem cells and other cells multiply, repair and rebuild the damaged tissue – an accelerated healing response that reduces pain, promotes increased strength and improves joint function.
  • The entire process takes about one hour and you will be able to go home the same day.
  • For many conditions you can expect full recovery within one week. However, a number of patients require 3-4 treatments before the injured tissues are completely healed.
  • A specially-designed exercise program will help your newly developed connective tissue mature into healthy and strong tendons or ligaments – so you can get back to enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle as quickly and happily as possible.

At the present time, PRP Treatments are not covered by medical insurance.

About The Author

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Dr. Harris Bram, MD, DABPM

Dr. Harris Bram is an Interventional Pain Management Specialist in New Jersey. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His postgraduate training in anesthesia was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he sub-specialized in cardiac anesthesia. He completed his pain management fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

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