A Natural, Non-Invasive Way To Relieve Pain And Speed Healing
Which Conditions Does PRP Treat?
Dr. Bram and his associates use PRP to treat tendon, ligament and joint injuries that have failed more traditional therapies, including rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, Achilles’ tendon, plantar fasciitis, meniscus tears, bursitis of the hip, knee pain or ligament sprains.
How Does PRP Work?
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 called growth factors, which help to speed up wound and tissue healing. Platelet Rich Plasma is a particularly good source of these growth factors because Dr. Bram and his team are able to get the PRP from your blood quickly, easily and safely right in our state-of-the-art facility.
What Happens During the PRP Procedure?
- The one-hour inpatient process begins by taking a small sample of your blood and placing it into the Platelet Concentrate System, which separates the blood into its primary components – platelets and white blood cells, plasma, and red blood cells.
- After a portion of the plasma is removed, your concentrated platelets are mixed with the remaining plasma to form a platelet-rich solution that is then injected into and around the injured tissues using ultrasound guidance to confirm that the needle is positioned properly.
- The concentrated platelets trigger a natural immune response as specialized white blood cells (macrophages) 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.
- While many patients require just one treatment, you may need additional sessions before returning to a normal active lifestyle doing the things you love.
What is the Expected Preparation and Follow-up?
- Restricted use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) one week prior to and five weeks after the course of treatment.
- If you experience any localized discomfort, you may take Extra-Strength Tylenol to relieve the pain. You can also apply ice and heat as needed.
- We might recommend that you begin a rehab program with physical therapy one week after the procedure, but aggressive physical activity will be discouraged until your doctor approves.
Please feel free to contact us at New Jersey Pain Care Specialists to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your own situation. Dr. Bram and staff will give you the time and attention to properly understand and accurately diagnose your condition, and to recommend the most advanced, non-invasive, effective and efficient treatment to eliminate or relieve your pain.
At the present time, Platelet Rich Plasma treatments are not covered by medical insurance.