Finding a solution to your pain can be frustrating. But your body may hold the key to providing you with the relief you seek. The pain specialists at Pacific Pain Physicians in Santa Barbara, California, offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments to help manage a number of chronic pain conditions and injuries. PRP is a treatment that concentrates your body’s healing powers to help rebuild your damaged or diseased tissue. To learn more about PRP and how it can help you, call Pacific Pain Physicians today or schedule an appointment online.
PRP is an innovative treatment that relieves pain by helping your body regenerate new, healthier tissue to replace the diseased or damaged tissue. PRP is created from a sample of your own blood and contains a highly concentrated amount of the platelets and growth factors naturally found in your blood that help your body heal. When injected into your tissue, it accelerates the healing process.
Your specialist at Pacific Pain Physicians determines if you’re a good candidate for PRP treatment after a comprehensive evaluation. The team offers PRP treatment to relieve pain caused by:
Because your specialist uses your own blood for treatment, it’s considered a safe therapy with few contraindications.
Your PRP treatment at Pacific Pain Physicians usually takes no more than one hour to complete. To begin, your specialist first draws a sample of blood from your arm to create your PRP by spinning it in a centrifuge.
To ease any discomfort during your PRP injections, your specialist uses a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. If needed, an intravenous anesthetic can also be used.
Then, your specialist brings you to the procedure room and places you in a position most suitable for the injection. The injection itself is performed under direct visualization using a combination of fluoroscopy and/or ultrasound depending on the area being injected.
Your specialist then injects your PRP deep into your tissue. Following your procedure, your specialist has you spend 10-30 minutes in the recovery area. The treatment area may remain numb for up to an hour.
After your PRP, you may experience an increase in pain and swelling at the injection site. You should start to notice a decrease in pain and improvement in function within four weeks after your injection, with continued improvements over the next six months.
You may need more than one injection to get the most benefits. Your specialist at Pacific Pain Physicians determines the number of treatments you need after your consultation. Most people need anywhere from 1-3 injections set at 4-6 week intervals.
PRP isn’t a quick fix but can help repair your diseased tissue to get you long-term pain relief. To learn more about PRP treatment and how it can help you, call the office today or request an appointment online.