PRP Injection Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Therapy (PRP) is a treatment used to speed up the healing process of tendon injuries and osteoarthritis naturally without subjecting the patient to risk or surgery. PRP in itself is blood plasma enriched with disk-shaped clear cell fragments known as platelets (hence where the name Platelet Rich Therapy came from).
Many famous athletes such as Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, and Hines Ward have undergone PRP Injection Therapy from doctors who work outside Monmouth and Ocean Counties. NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine typically treats patients who reside in Monmouth County, NJ and Ocean County, NJ including the towns of:
- Aberdeen, NJ
- Barnegat, NJ
- Brick, NJ
- Freehold, NJ
- Glassboro, NJ
- Jackson, NJ
- Lakewood, NJ
- Manchester, NJ
- Marlboro, NJ
- Monroe, NJ
- Point Pleasant, NJ
The effectiveness of PRP Injection Therapy as a healing therapy is dependent upon each patient. While still in the experimental stages, we’ve seen many athletes get PRP Injection Therapy and return to activities with their tissues healed a few weeks following the procedure.
How Does it Work?
Platelet Rich Plasma has been shown to increase the speed of the natural healing process by an unusually fast degree. PRP has also been proven successful in healing otherwise difficult to treat ailments.
When blood cells are concentrated and then injected into a given area of the body, those cells get to work by building structures and rebuilding weakened systems. Nothing extra is added, and PRP uses a patient’s own blood, so they are little chances of a transmissible infection or allergic reaction. PRP can be utilized for a variety of applications from tendonitis treatment to chronic back pain.
What Is The Process Like?
After you meet with a specialist, he or she will go over treatment options, and then you can elect to have PRP injections. Once it’s decided, you’ll schedule another appointment. PRP Therapy is an outpatient operations and takes about 45 to 90 minutes to complete. Only an experienced doctor should perform the injections because PRP Therapy requires a precise injection.
When you come into any of our offices—whether it’s the one in Jackson, Point Pleasant, Barnegat, Manchester, Aberdeen, Tinton Falls or Lakewood — you will need to fill out a few pages of paperwork and afterwards a nurse will guide you to your procedure room. A doctor will then meet with you and check to make sure that you are healthy enough to undergo the injections.
Once the doctor deems you fit to undergo the procedure, they will begin drawing blood. After the correct amount of blood is drawn, the doctor will process it in a centrifuge machine, concentrating the platelets and disposing of the platelets weak plasma so that only the platelet rich plasma is left.
The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into your body at the site of the pain or ailment. While PRP is not appropriate for herniated disc treatment, it can be effective for a wide variety of other applications.
After injection treatment, patients are advised to take it easy, and not put any strain on the affected joint. Doctors may suggest to apply a cold compress frequently after therapy, to decrease swelling at injection site.
NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine is proud to serve the communities of Marlboro, NJ, Brick, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Glassboro, NJ and Point Pleasant, NJ. To determine if you are a candidate for PRP Injection Therapy at one of our offices in Ocean County, NJ or Monmouth County, NJ, fill out our contact form or call the office closest to you.