Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Right For You?

You may have heard about or read one of my blogs on a procedure called Platelet Rich Plasma. This relatively new treatment relieves acute or chronic pain by promoting the natural healing potential of the body with platelets from your own blood. It’s non-invasive, quick (one hour), and safely performed by the skilled doctors at NJ Pain Care Specialists.

As with other therapies, there are factors that can influence the effectiveness of PRP treatment, including the area of the body being treated, the overall health of the patient, and whether the injury is acute (from a recent trauma) or chronic (developing over time).

These factors will be evaluated during your consultation and examination by a NJPCS physician.

Who is a candidate for PRP?

PRP is recommended to treat ligament and tendon injuries in patients who have failed more conventional therapies, including rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis, meniscus tears, osteoarthritis of the spine, hip, knee, or ligament sprains. Many professional athletes and have turned to PRP for vital pain relief without the risks of surgery and extended recovery.

Who is NOT recommended for PRP?

  • Anyone with a blood borne Cancer (lymphoma or leukemia), not in remission for at least 5 years
  • Certain other malignancies or blood borne diseases that you are being treated for
  • Any current infection
  • Patients using a high dosage of Coumadin
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines should be stopped before and after treatment
  • Patients with cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s Disease
  • General procedural contraindication
  • Patients with multiple medical issues may not be good candidates

Because PRP preparation is created from a patient’s own blood, it is considered a relatively low-risk treatment with the potential to improve or speed healing. But it’s important for doctors to know about a patient’s other medical conditions and current medicines to avoid complications and ensure the best possible results. Our staff at NJ Pain Care Specialists is always available and happy to answer your questions and discuss your situation.

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