Regenerative medicine relieves pain and heals injuries by tapping into your body’s natural ability to rebuild new tissues. Ravi Panjabi, MD, at Advanced Pain Management offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, one of the primary types of regenerative medicine, to treat the many painful problems affecting your joints. To learn more about how PRP can help you, call one of the offices in Castro Valley, Fremont, or San Ramon, California, or schedule an appointment online today.
Regenerative medicine heals injuries and diseases by activating your body’s natural ability to rebuild and repair damaged tissues. There are several types of regenerative therapies, but they all alleviate pain and prevent or delay surgery. And they do it without causing major side effects.
PRP consists of a high concentration of platelets together with enough plasma to create an injectable solution. Both components are naturally found in your blood.
Platelets contain proteins called growth factors which are essential for healing. When you’re injured or develop a disease, platelets travel to the damaged tissue and release their growth factors.
The growth factors trigger healing activities in the surrounding cells, where they:
When you get a PRP injection, the platelets do the same job, releasing growth factors that heal the source of your pain.
PRP is commonly used to treat the full range of problems that affect your muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bones. The team at Advanced Pain Management performs joint injections using PRP to treat conditions such as:
PRP’s ability to accelerate healing is especially beneficial if you have severe joint damage or the injured tissues don’t have a good blood supply. For example, the cartilage that protects the end of bones, which wears away if you have arthritis, doesn’t have any blood vessels.
First, your Advanced Pain Management provider produces your PRP. They draw a sample of your blood and process it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets and plasma from other blood components.
To precisely perform your joint injection, your doctor uses real-time imaging to see the tissues in your joint and guide the needle to the damaged area. After applying a topical anesthetic to numb the site, they inject your PRP into the joint.
Your provider gives you detailed instructions to follow after your injection. You may need to temporarily limit activities that cause excessive movement or place stress on the treated joint.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for regenerative medicine, call Advanced Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.