When you’re suffering from joint pain due to an injury or arthritis, it makes it awfully hard to function normally and to do all the physical activities that you enjoy.
So, what are your medical options? Habit-forming medication? Invasive surgery?
There’s another option that can jump-start your body’s natural healing process – without drugs that can cause side effects, and without surgery that can run the risk of all sorts of complications. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy is administered by a qualified regenerative medicine specialist, and this treatment uses your own blood cells to accelerate healing in a specific area of your body.
Let’s talk about how PRP works, how it heals the body, and where you can go in Caldwell to receive this outstanding regenerative treatment.
Conditions Treated with PRP Therapy
During PRP treatment, a sample of your blood is drawn from your arm, and the sample is spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other components of your blood (red blood cells, white blood cells, etc.). Platelets are a type of blood cell whose specific job is to aid your body in healing and in tissue regrowth.
Once the platelets are separated and concentrated, the resulting platelet-rich plasma solution is then injected directly into the area of your body that is injured or painful. The purpose is to trigger the healing process.
PRP injections are used to treat an extensive range of health conditions, including:
- Tendon, Ligament, Muscle, and Joint Injuries – PRP injections are a popular treatment in addressing musculoskeletal injuries and chronic orthopedic conditions, such as persistent knee pain. Tendon injuries, for example, can take a long time to heal on their own, so adding PRP therapy to a treatment plan can stimulate the healing process, reduce the pain, and allow the patient to return to normal activities much sooner.
- Osteoarthritis – Clinical research indicates that PRP therapy can help treat arthritis pain and stiffness by reducing inflammation in the affected joint.
- Post-Surgical Healing – If you have already undergone surgery to treat damaged muscles, tendons, or ligaments, PRP therapy can accelerate healing to greatly shorten your recovery period.
What Makes You a Good Candidate for PRP Therapy?
The great thing about PRP therapy is that there is no risk of rejection and there are minimal (if any) side effects since it comprises your own blood cells. You should seek PRP treatment if you are:
- Experiencing joint degeneration or arthritis
- Suffering from tendonitis or a torn tendon
- Experiencing pain or lack of mobility that interferes with your daily living
- Dissatisfied with the results of more conservative treatment methods
Experienced PRP Specialist in Caldwell, NJ
At Alternative Disc Therapy in Caldwell, New Jersey, Dr. Warren Bleiweiss is a triple-board-certified physician practicing regenerative medicine – and he takes PRP therapy to the next level by specializing in photo-activated PRP treatment. Photo activation is a unique process that renders PRP therapy more powerful and less inflammatory by isolating platelets and activating them with three different wavelengths of light. These activated platelets are packed with growth factors that are injected into the target area to accelerate healing and tissue regrowth.
Photo-activated PRP is an in-office treatment that only takes about an hour. Several maintenance injections may be recommended after three to six months in order to achieve the desired outcome, depending on the results of your initial treatment.
To learn more about photo-activated PRP therapy and other regenerative medicine techniques to relieve joint pain and arthritis, call our practice today at (973) 403-3334 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bleiweiss. Or, if you prefer, simply fill out our online appointment request form. For our patients’ added convenience, we also offer telemedicine appointments. We look forward to seeing you!