Your body is capable of extraordinary feats of healing, but when you’re suffering from chronic pain, it sometimes needs a little help. Navin Mallavaram, MD, and his team at The Spine & Pain Center of California use regenerative medicine techniques like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to give your body the extra power to heal that can get rid of or at least lessen chronic pain. Call The Spine & Pain Center of California office in Pleasanton or Fremont, California, to find out more about PRP therapy or use the online form today to schedule a consultation.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy is one of several types of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine is a newer field of medicine, but one that shows great promise. Regenerative medicine techniques use cells taken from the human body to boost healing and promote new tissue growth.
PRP therapy uses cells from your blood. The platelets you have in your blood are there to make your blood clot when you suffer an injury. Platelets also boost healing because they contain cells called growth factors.
To collect your platelets, the team at The Spine & Pain Center of California takes a sample of your blood. The blood sample is then placed in a centrifuge. It spins the blood at such a high speed that it separates the platelets and the plasma.
These substances form the PRP therapy, which then goes into a syringe ready for injection. Dr. Mallavaram injects the PRP into areas of your body that are causing you pain. He uses imaging technologies like ultrasound to ensure the PRP therapy gets to exactly the right spot.
PRP therapy is a very safe form of treatment. The plasma and platelets come from your own blood, so you shouldn’t have any problems with rejection or other side effects.
Researchers are still studying the full range of uses for PRP therapy. Regenerative medicine is quite a new science, so more uses for PRP therapy and evidence of its effectiveness are becoming available all the time.
Dr. Mallavaram has had considerable success in treating patients who have damaged soft tissues, including stretched or torn ligaments and tendons, and muscle injuries that aren’t healing properly.
PRP therapy could also be a valuable treatment for joint or back pain. Acute injuries, overuse injuries, and wear-and-tear conditions can all cause back and joint pain. PRP therapy helps heal the affected tissues and encourages healthier tissue to grow, which relieves pain.
PRP therapy isn’t an instant cure for musculoskeletal pain. It takes your body time to generate new cells in response to the injections, so it could be a few weeks before you start to feel any difference. You should expect to wait several months before you feel its full effect.
Many people find their condition improves with a single PRP therapy treatment. Others need several sessions of injections. Everyone’s response is different, but Dr. Mallavaram can talk you through your options and advise you on how many injections to have.
To find out more about the possible benefits of PRP therapy, call The Spine & Pain Center of California today or book an appointment online.