How PRP Is Changing the Pain Management Field
If you want to bypass the risk factors involved with taking medicine or having surgery to manage your pain, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a natural, painless treatment that can offer you successful results.
At Functional Health Center, located in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida, and serving the greater Miami area, Solomon Behar, MD, is an expert physician who focuses on men’s health with functional and regenerative medicine to give you the best care possible. Our team uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy as one method of treatment to help your body successfully heal on its own.
When compared to traditional pain management techniques, PRP takes a completely different approach. Instead of just helping control your symptoms, PRP treats the root cause by triggering the healing process in your body. The procedure and process restore health and function to your damaged tissues.
Your blood’s plasma, the watery portion, contains powerful substances such as platelets that play a crucial role in the healing process. Your platelets make substances known as growth factors that help regenerate tissue, regulate cell division, and stimulate healing.
Other substances include glucose, antibodies, proteins, and red and white cells. Your red blood cells help carry oxygen throughout your body, and your white cells help fight infection.
During PRP therapy, we concentrate these substances to harness their healing abilities, increasing the growth factors by up to 5-10 times.
How PRP treats chronic pain
PRP is a regenerative medicine used to treat chronic pain and has numerous benefits, including:
- Triggering new and healthy cell growth
- Accelerating the healing process
- Reducing inflammation
- Restoring function and mobility to the area
PRP has special proteins that reduce pain sensations by altering your pain receptors while you heal. Because of these benefits, we recommend PRP therapy for a wide range of conditions all over your body. For example, if you have Peyronie’s disease, erectile dysfunction, osteoarthritis, or tennis elbow, you can benefit from PRP therapy.
What it’s like to get PRP therapy
Receiving PRP therapy is a relatively easy and painless procedure, though it does involve a blood draw and injection. We often use topical numbing creams to reduce any discomfort during this process.
During your appointment, we draw a small amount of your blood and then separate the healing factors from your sample and concentrate them in the plasma. Once it’s ready, we inject the PRP directly into the targeted area that’s causing your pain or dysfunction. After your injection, you can get back to your normal daily routine.
Because this form of regenerative medicine works by triggering the healing process, you might experience some mild pain and swelling immediately after your treatment. This is completely normal since your body is in the process of working to heal your damaged tissues.
After a few weeks, as healthy cells grow, divide, and create new tissue, you can expect to feel less pain in the area and also have better function or mobility. To get the best results, we might recommend a series of PRP injections. Our team might also combine your therapy with other regenerative medicine treatments or serums that contain growth factors.