Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a regenerative treatment that leverages your body’s platelets, using them as a treatment to accelerate healing and relieve your pain. Ari Lerner, MD, at Pain Management Specialists of New York performs image-guided PRP injections, precisely injecting the platelets at the site of injured tissues that need the healing boost. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call 718-932-1740 to book your visit at one of the four locations throughout New York City, in Long Island City, Astoria, the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan, and Pelham Bay and Mott Haven in the Bronx.
PRP consists of a small amount of plasma combined with a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are natural components of your bloodstream. When you sustain an injury or develop a disease, platelets travel to the area and do two things: They stop the bleeding if needed and trigger your body’s healing response.
To activate healing, platelets release proteins called growth factors. Growth factors gradually alleviate your pain by:
Platelets and stem cells work together to build new tissues that repair your injuries. PRP supports and regulates the healing process, while your body’s natural stem cells self-replicate and create new cells that develop into muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, skin, and any other type of tissue needed to restore your health.
Pain Management Specialists of New York may recommend PRP to promote healing and relieve the pain caused by a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. They frequently recommend PRP to treat joint pain in the shoulders or knees.
For example, PRP can help treat osteoarthritis, ACL tears, meniscus tears, and rotator cuff injuries.
The high concentration of platelets in PRP accelerates healing in any type of injury. However, PRP is especially beneficial when you have a severe injury that overwhelms your body’s natural healing response.
Pain Management Specialists of New York may also recommend PRP if you have a slow-healing wound. Your wound may heal slowly if aging has slowed down the process, you have a health condition that affects blood flow, or when your injury is in tissues that have a poor blood supply.
Pain Management Specialists of New York produce PRP from a sample of your blood. After drawing your blood, they put it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets and plasma from other blood cells.
When the centrifuge is finished, your provider draws the platelets and plasma into a needle and immediately injects your PRP, using real-time imaging to precisely place the injection at the site of your damaged tissues.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for PRP, call Pain Management Specialists of New York, or schedule an appointment online.