A platelet is a small, colorless cell fragment without a nucleus. These cells circulate within the blood and come together to heal damaged blood vessels. PRP therapy makes use of this miraculous, natural component to address injuries, chronic conditions and promote the healing process. Platelets are extremely rich in naturally occurring growth factors. Dr. Rehan Ali isolates and formulates these platelets and through injections in selected treatment areas, helps accelerate the healing process to reduce pain, inflammation and treat affected joints, tendons, nerves, and muscles.
At the Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute, we will perform an in-depth consultation to determine what form of treatment will be best for you. In cases where the condition or injury is found to be of mild to moderate level in nature, PRP therapy has been found to be quite effective in providing relief and helping our patients get back to leading an active lifestyle. You may not be an ideal candidate for PRP treatment if your pain or injury is very severe or advanced in nature.
Platelet-rich plasma has often been used on those affected by mild to moderate osteoarthritis, tendinitis and tendinosis in the foot, ankle, knee, elbow and hip, and joint pain. Treatment sessions can vary from patient to patient, but will generally take about one to two hours. Once your treatment session is over, the body’s natural healing process will begin and it may take several weeks to experience optimal results. Dr. Rehan Ali will determine what areas of the body need treatment but common areas may include muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, and joints.
Common Conditions that can be Addressed with PRP Therapy Include:
- Ligament and muscle injuries
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Arthritic pain
- Sciatica pain
- Sports or impact injuries
- Joint pain, such as knee, hip and shoulder pain
What Should I Expect During my PRP Treatment Sessions?
Our focus is on providing a soothing, calming experience and we go the extra mile in ensuring your comfort and peace of mind are never in question. Our team of medical professionals have years of experience delivering PRP therapy and will be careful to ensure any and all questions about the treatment are answered so you are tracking every step of the way.
The first step to treatment will be to draw blood and place it in a centrifuge for spinning. This step isolates the platelets from your blood so they can be used in formulating your injections. Next, the area being treated will be sterilized and a local anesthetic will be applied to ensure your experience is pain-free.
The PRP injection is then administered into the needed areas of the body. Please note that your treatment may require multiple injections and treatment sessions to obtain optimal results. Our team of medical professionals will devise an exact course of treatment for you and will monitor your progress every step of the way to help you achieve your pain management goals.
It can be normal to experience minor discomfort and some swelling at the site of the injections for the first couple of days following your treatment. This will normally resolve on its own in a short amount of time. Before leaving our office, we will provide you with detailed instructions for post-treatment care and you will be free to resume your daily activities. PRP therapy has minimal downtime but returning to vigorous use of injured of affected areas will depend on the extent of any injury and the recommendations of your doctor.
Correctly administered on ideal candidates, PRP treatments can provide reduced pain, faster healing, and improved results without surgery. If you would like to find out more about this treatment or to schedule a consultation, please feel free to give us a call or schedule online and we will get you in at your earliest convenience.
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Specializing in Bergen County, Passaic County, Sussex County, Morris County, Essex County and Hudson County.