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PRP Method for treating chronic pain

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

PRP is a blood component rich in platelets. It is a concentrated source of platelets, having different growth factors which help in the healing of bone and soft tissues

What is PRP

PRP is a blood component rich in platelets. It is a concentrated source of platelets, having different growth factors which help in the healing of bone and soft tissues

History

  • PRP was first developed in the 1970’s and first used in 1987
  • Proven to be effective in healing wounded tissue in sports injuries
  • Used worldwide in sports–related injuries. Few famous personalities recently treated with PRP therapy include Tiger Woods (golf) in his knee following surgery, Takashi Saito (Baseball)in his elbow, among many others.

Mechanism

  • Platelets from the patient’s own blood are concentrated by processing in a specialized machine, called the PRP centrifuge
  • It is successful not only in relieving the pain, but also in enhancing the healing process
  • This unique property of PRP, as regenerative therapy has helped it gain popularity amongst pain physicians

Procedure

  • We make patient lie down comfortably and withdraw 15-30 ml of his blood as per requirement
  • This is mixed with a special reagent needed to yield maximum output of platelets
  • It is then transferred to a specially designed, disposable, single use container
  • The sample is then processed in the PRP centrifuge in 2-3 steps
  • Meanwhile we prepare the body part to be injected under utmost sterile precautions
  • Once we get the desired PRP, it is injected in the affected part under X-ray or ultrasound guidance

PRP can be prepared by various methods and equipment. At Painex, we have the best PRP centrifuge available in the market, along with a specially designed disposable, single use container. Being disposable and single use chances of transmitting infections like HIV, HBsAg, HCV etc are almost nullified.

Duration of Treatment

  • It varies case to case. We usually suggest between 1-3 injections, with 4 weeks interval between 2 injections
  • Alter about 6-12 weeks, patients are re-evaluated for improvement
  • Patients with more difficult injuries or advanced disease may require extensive therapy with more number of injections
  • Most of these patients can return to near normal activity within 3 months

Conditions Treated With PRP

  • Mild to moderate osteoarthritis in the hip, knee or shoulder
  • Chronic tendinitis in the elbow or ankle
  • Nerve injuries
  • Muscle tears
  • Ligamentous injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Used in certain type of surgery like shoulder surgery to repair torn rotator cuff tendons, repair of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

When to Avoid PRP

  • Cancer
  • Active infection
  • Patient on blood thinning agent (can be done with due precautions)
  • Brain disorders
  • Patient with multiple medical issues

Advantages of PRP Therapy

  • It is patients own body (blood) component
  • No external injection added
  • No risk of allergies
  • Avoids risk of transmitting infection
  • Extremely safe for all age groups
  • Very few contraindications
  • No side effects
  • No other preparation needed
  • It is a day care procedure as it takes around 1 hour
  • Patient need not be fasting
  • No absenteeism from work
  • Immediate return to your normal activities
  • Near total pain relief without surgery
  • Economical as compared to surgery
  • Need for long term analgesics causing side effects is minimized

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