Imagine taking your body’s own natural healing properties, isolating them, and then using the resulting concentrate where you need it most. That's the idea behind platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Uzma Nasir, MD, at Long Island Chronic Pain offers PRP treatments to help patients in East Northport, Centereach, and Huntington Station, New York, heal quickly and get back to doing the things they enjoy. To learn more, call your nearest office or book an appointment online.
Your blood contains red and white blood cells, which travel through your body in a liquid substance called plasma. The third ingredient in your blood is platelets, which produce growth factors and proteins. These growth factors and proteins control your cell division, aid in healing, and stimulate tissue regeneration.
The theory behind platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is that by boosting your body's own healing resources, in this case, the growth factors and proteins created by your platelets, it can speed up healing as well as regenerate new tissue more quickly.
When you undergo PRP therapy, your physician at Long Island Chronic Pain draws your blood and uses a centrifuge to separate out your platelets. They then mix the platelet concentrate back in with your plasma and inject the resulting compound into the areas of pain.
To give you a better idea of how concentrated this injection is, normally your blood contains 150,000-450,000 platelets per microliter. Once your platelets have been separated out and mixed back in with your plasma, there are up to nine times as many platelets.
Long Island Chronic Pain uses PRP therapy to treat a variety of conditions, including:
If you suffer from any of the above, talk to the team at Long Island Chronic Pain to see if PRP may be right for you.
The biggest advantage of PRP therapy is that it eliminates the concern over an allergic reaction since it uses your own blood.
In addition, PRP therapy is minimally invasive and nonsurgical. The therapy provides long-term healing potential with few complications.
To find out how PRP therapy can help you, call Long Island Chronic Pain or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.