If you regularly experience joint pain or tendon ailments but don’t want to consider an invasive procedure such as surgery, consider treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. At Alternative Disc Therapy in Caldwell, New Jersey, Warren Bleiweiss, MD, regularly uses PRP injections to address injuries and promote healing. If you’re interested in learning more about PRP treatment, call the office or click the online booking tool to make an appointment today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a type of regenerative medicine that utilizes your body’s growth factors to promote healing.
Growth factors contain proteins that support cell growth. By isolating the platelets in your blood, Dr. Bleiweiss can use these growth factors to promote healing and relieve swelling and inflammation caused by sports-related injuries and chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
PRP injections are incredibly versatile. Dr. Bleiweiss regularly prescribes them for people who are suffering from:
You might also benefit from PRP injections if you have a degenerative joint condition such as osteoarthritis.
Dr. Bleiweiss performs PRP treatment on-site in the state-of-the-art facilities at Alternative Disc Therapy. First, Dr. Bleiweiss draws a sample of your blood and places it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins around at a rapid rate of speed, separating your platelets from your blood.
After the centrifugation, the PRP is photo activated with three different wavelengths of light. This is a very important part of the treatment protocol. Dr. Bleiweiss then takes your platelet-rich solution and injects it into the area of your body that’s injured or inflamed. Some areas, such as the shoulder joint, require ultrasound guidance to place the PRP in the proper place.
The PRP treatment can address injury and inflammation at the injection site by promoting new cell growth. Dr. Bleiweiss uses a special PRP technique that includes photo activation to enhance the effectiveness of PRP.
PRP injections are safe and well-tolerated. However, temporary pain after the injection is common. We refer to this as “regenerative discomfort” since it is part of the body’s natural healing process. Working with a qualified medical provider like Dr. Bleiweiss can significantly lower your risk of complications and help you achieve a successful outcome.
Following your PRP injections, Dr. Bleiweiss sends you home to recover. In the first 24-48 hours after your procedure, it’s normal to experience some pain and swelling. However, this should subside quickly.
Some people notice an improvement in their symptoms right away, but it usually takes a few weeks to relieve swelling and improve your mobility. Be patient and follow Dr. Bleiweiss’ instructions carefully.
PRP has many applications and can be used alone or in combination with other regenerative medicine services, such as stem cell and ozone treatments, to enhance their effectiveness. If you’re interested in learning more about PRP injections, make an appointment at Alternative Disc Therapy today. Call the office or click the online booking tool to begin.
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