Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet rich plasma therapy can help injured joints and other problems. It uses parts of your own blood to reduce pain and speed up healing.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Facts and Information

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary new non-sugical treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions.
The PRP procedure uses a patient’s own blood components and growth factors to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues.

The body’s natural reaction to an injury is to send platelets and white blood cells from the blood to the damaged tissues to initiate healing. Your body’s platelets store numerous growth factors which are released through signals from the injured tissue.

New advancements in medicine now allow us to concentrate platelets and white blood cells from your blood, and encourage this growth factor release as we inject the solution directly into injured tissue, simulating this same healing response in a much more potent form. By enhancing the body’s natural healing capacity, this treatment has been shown to lead to a more rapid, more efficient, and more thorough restoration of the tissue to a healthy state. The GS Medical Center treats patients in Ocean and Monmouth County, NJ, with locations in Toms River, Brick, and other cities.

Can Platelet Rich Plasma Help Me?

PRP may help if you have: meniscus tears in your knee. Rotator cuff tears in your shoulder. Plantar fasciitis in your foot. And injuries in your spine, hip or elbow.

Benefits of PPlatelet Rich Plasma

Parts of your body have a hard time healing. For example, ligaments and tendons (they connect bones and muscles) don’t get much blood from the body. Sprains and strains of these tissues heal slowly. PRP uses your own blood to speed up the healing in these areas.

The Platelet Rich Plasma Procedure

Creating the Mix
The process begins with a sample of your blood. It is spun around in a centrifuge. This separates it into platelets, plasma, and red and white blood cells. The platelets are then concentrated and mixed with some of the plasma. This mixture is called “platelet rich plasma.” The doctor injects this into the site of your injury.
Injection
After the injection, your immune system (the system that keeps your body healthy) reacts quickly. Special white blood cells called “macrophages” rush in. They take away damaged cells. They help prep the site for healing. Then, stem cells and other cells begin to multiply. Over time, they repair and rebuild the injured tissues.

Conclusion
The PRP process is quick. You can go home the same day. It may help your injury heal faster. PRP can help treat and eliminate the cause of your pain. Some people need more than one treatment before they heal completely.

Frequently Asked Questions

Garden State Medical Center offers in-office Spinal Cord Stimulator trials to patients with chronic and severe pain, who have not responded to other treatment modalities. Most of these patients are suffering from back and/or leg pain after back surgeries, chronic radiculopathy, neuropathic pain, or RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) or CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). To find out if you may benefit from this procedure, please give us a call.

It is very difficult to predict if the procedure will indeed help you or not. For that reason temporary wires are placed to determine if this device will be effective to relieve your pain or not. Typically, patients will have a 50 to 70 % reduction in their pain.

Conservative treatment (e.g. physical therapy, exercise regimens and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications) is often used first. Surgery is a possible alternative, however, these procedures may be an adequate treatment, providing temporary relief. These procedures can help determine if surgery would be of benefit by more precisely localizing the source of your symptoms. In most cases, many of these options will be exhausted prior to considering SCS.

Conditions it Helps