PRP

New Jersey Regenerative Institute

Regenerative Medicine & Orthopedics located in Cedar Knolls, NJ

If you’re suffering from pain in your joints, back, and muscles but not finding a treatment that improves your symptoms effectively, PRP therapy could be an answer. PRP, also known as platelet rich plasma, is one of a range of regenerative medicine therapies available at New Jersey Regenerative Institute in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, where the medical team dedicates themselves to finding the best forms of treatment for patients who are in pain. To find out more about the benefits of PRP, call the clinic today, or book an appointment online.

PRP Q & A

What is PRP?

PRP is shorthand for platelet rich plasma, one of a collection of regenerative therapies that are revolutionizing the treatment of chronic pain and tissue damage. PRP is a solution of concentrated platelets prepared from your blood, which the team at New Jersey Regenerative Institute harvest in a simple procedure before injecting them back into the treatment area.

Platelets are a constituent part of your blood and contain high levels of growth factors. When you sustain an injury, the platelets act to stop the bleeding, then the growth factors initiate tissue healing in tendons, ligaments, and bone as well as the skin and flesh. Research into the action of growth factors on damaged tissue shows that in the concentration used for PRP, they can accelerate the natural healing process.

Benefits of PRP include:

  • Long-lasting reduction of pain
  • No need for extensive programs of physical therapy
  • Return of normal functioning
  • Avoiding the risks of inactivity

PRP is an effective treatment that’s low risk and minimally invasive, making it a safe alternative to surgical interventions.

How is PRP treatment administered?

Before you receive your PRP treatment, your doctor identifies the precise location of the damaged tissue using musculoskeletal ultrasound or fluoroscopy image guidance technology.

The staff at New Jersey Regenerative Institute then take some blood from your arm, which they process immediately. The technician separates the platelets from the blood and concentrates them into a solution that your doctor injects into the treatment area identified on the image guidance systems.

How soon will I feel the effects?

PRP doesn’t provide immediate relief from symptoms in the way a painkilling or anesthetic shot would. However, the effects of painkillers and anesthetics wear off fairly quickly with no subsequent improvement in symptoms. Because PRP is working on rebuilding the tissues, over the six to eight weeks following the procedure the damaged area heals and you benefit from a more permanent reduction in pain and stiffness.

Once the new tissue grows, you’re able to start increasing activity levels. Physical therapy can help build up strength and flexibility that you may have lost through reduced mobility, and after a couple of months, you can take part in any activity you wish.

PRP is one of a suite of modern approaches to treating painful, debilitating joint and tissue damage. To find out more about PRP and the benefits of these cutting-edge treatments, call New Jersey Regenerative Institute today, or book an appointment online.