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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Our Board Certified pain management doctor in Dallas offers stem cell therapies including bone marrow derived treatment and platelet rich plasma (PRP).

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is super-physiologically concentrated platelets and growth factors that stimulate healing and regeneration of injured tissues, muscles, tendons or ligaments. PRP is derived from your own body and is 100% natural. PRP injections are an increasingly popular alternative to surgery because of the great results patients of all ages are obtaining. Whether you are an elite athlete or a “Weekend Warrior,” regenerative therapies, including PRP, are an effective and safe nonsurgical therapy to treat forms of acute and chronic pain.

Our office has been on the forefront of regenerative injection treatments as one of its early adopters. Our team of board certified regenerative medicine specialists has been able to give some patients relief who have otherwise been disabled due to pain. While this is by no means a miracle it does hold promise to improve the lives of patients who have been told that surgery or pain medications are their only choice.

The Process of PRP Therapy

Blood Collection

A small amount of blood is drawn is from the patient’s arm.

Platelet Separation

The sample goes for a “spin” in a centrifuge, separating the platelets from the rest of the blood.

PRP Extraction

The patient’s own platelet-rich plasma is carefully extracted from the test tube.

Injection

The PRP is injected into the injured area. Using the concentrated platelets, we increase growth factors up to eight times to promote healing and reduce inflammation.

PRP Therapy – Frequently Asked Questions

Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is plasma derived from your own blood. The procedure is a 100% natural, safe and effective non-surgical way to treat forms of acute and chronic pain.

A small amount of your blood is drawn and placed inside a centrifuge. The blood is spun at a high RPM (revolutions per minute) to separate the platelets and white blood cells (WBCs) in the blood. This concentration of platelets and WBCs are injected into joints and certain soft tissue to begin the healing process.

PRP contains growth factors and anti-inflammatory molecules that help to repair recent or old injuries.

Research studies are currently being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of PRP treatment. At this time, the results of these studies are very encouraging. because the effectiveness of PRP therapy can vary. Areas that PRP has been shown effective include:

Chronic Tendon Injuries: 
According to the research studies currently reported, PRP is most effective in the treatment of chronic tendon injuries, especially tennis elbow, a very common injury of  the tendons on the outside of the elbow.

Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries: 
Much of the publicity PRP therapy has received has been about the treatment of acute sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries. PRP has been used to treat professional athletes with common sports injuries like pulled hamstring muscles in the thigh and knee sprains.

Disc/Spine Injuries: 
One of the most exciting uses of PRP is on the treatment of spine related problems. Conditions like degenerative disc disease, disc herniations and sciatica. Many of these conditions are now being treated with a simple PRP injection avoiding more invasive surgical options.

With a cortisone injection, pain relief usually occurs within 72 hours. Since PRP is a more natural way to heal, the pain may not go away immediately. PRP does provide pain relief, however the process by which pain relief occurs usually happens over a period of several weeks. The body must go through an initial inflammatory process in order for the healing and repair to occur. Pain relief from PRP therapy may take somewhere between 6-8 weeks. If relief from PRP is not better after 3 months, a second injection may be recommended.

Since most insurance plans do not currently cover regenerative medicine treatments, PRP injections are an out-of-pocket expense. Costs are variable depending on the number of joints undergoing treatment, and the number of treatments needed. PRP treatments often have best results when performed 1-3 times. Please schedule an appointment with our Pain & Regenerative Medicine specialists to discuss pricing and payment options.

Patients often prefer to explore conventional treatment methods first for healthcare coverage. A patient may decide to proceed with PRP treatments once conventional methods have been tried and failed to reduce or relieve pain.

PRP contains the necessary elements for healing to occur because of the growth factors and anti-inflammatory molecules that help to repairs injured tissues. An anti-inflammatory such as cortisone may only reduce inflammation in the tissue temporarily.

Side effects are unlikely, but possible. Any time a needle is inserted into the skin, an infection can occur. A common side effect of PRP injections, especially in the smaller joints is an increase of inflammation and pain after the injection.

PRP injections are becoming a more popular treatment option. Not all doctors are the same.  Our providers at Addison Pain and Regenerative Medicine are experts in their field; John East, D.O. is Board Certified by the American Academy of Regenerative Medicine (AARM).

Our providers:

  • Can diagnose and treat pain accurately
  • Can identify the correct treatment plan using conventional medicine and/or regenerative medicine solutions
  • Develops treatment plans for patients that involves imaging technology (MRI, X-Ray)
  • Can treat the entire body from the spine to the extremities
  • Are highly trained at performing injections, whereas other medical specialties are not
  • Performs injections under image guidance to assure precise placement of the PRP

Therapies We Offer

Stem Cell Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

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