Platelet-Rich Plasma & Prolotherapy Injections
At one time or another, everyone goes through a period where their body
doesn't behave like they want it to. For example, muscle pain is an
extremely common condition and can seriously compromise one's quality
of life. If you suffer from back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, or any
other type of joint or muscle pain, ask an orthopaedic doctor about platelet-rich
plasma (PRP) therapy and prolotherapy. Both measures offer minimally invasive
pain relief, and both are offered at Non-Surgical Orthopaedics with offices
in Marietta, Carrollton, and Canton.
What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?
PRP therapy is a type of non-invasive stem cell treatment. It involves
the use of platelets to promote healing in an injured area. Platelets
are protein-rich blood components that are vital for repairing damaged tissues.
What is the platelet-rich plasma therapy process like?
The whole PRP therapy process takes about one to two hours. First, your
doctor draws a sample of your blood. He or she then separates the platelets
from the rest of your blood components through a process called centrifugation.
Finally, your doctor injects the platelet-rich plasma into the damaged area.
Who should consider platelet-rich plasma therapy?
Whenever possible, it's important to let the body heal itself. One
of the reasons why PRP therapy is so effective is because it uses the
body's own stem cells to promote fast healing. People use PRP therapy
to treat tendon injuries, arthritis, and other painful conditions.
Although prolotherapy isn't stem cell treatment, it has its fair share
of benefits. Prolotherapy involves the injection of dextrose and a local
anesthetic into a damaged area. Dextrose is a harmless sugar that promotes
the healing of ligaments and tendons.
- Pain Reduction: Most people have 4-6 prolotherapy injections over a period
of 4-6 weeks. When it comes to pain relief, prolotherapy has an impressive
80% success rate.
- Fast Healing: Prolotherapy doesn't just offer pain relief—it
can actually heal damaged tissue, effectively addressing the root cause
of pain. A faster healing period will allow you to enjoy your favorite
- Minimal Side Effects: Although surgery may be indicated in some circumstances,
the recovery period can itself be painful. Prolotherapy can help you achieve
fast pain relief without having to endure the harsh side effects of surgery.
Surgery comes with inherent risks and should be avoided whenever possible.
It you're struggling with chronic joint or muscle pain, consider seeking
non-surgical pain relief at Non-Surgical Orthopaedics. Both platelet-rich
plasma therapy and prolotherapy are safe, natural pain remedies that can
help conquer your pain and improve your quality of life. Call our Marietta
office at (770) 421-1420 if you have any questions.