Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Specialist
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Regenerative medicine therapies, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), have been gaining ground in the medical community for their natural healing properties without harmful side effects. At Regen Pain NJ, in Clifton, New Jersey, Todd Koppel, MD, is a board-certified physician specializing in pain management, who treats patients with a variety of acute and chronic conditions through PRP therapy. To explore nonsurgical treatments, including PRP, for chronic joint pain or recovery after an injury, call to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online
What is PRP therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses the high concentration of proteins, or growth factors, to promote healing within your body. The growth factors in PRP are essential for clotting your blood after an injury and they prompt your body’s natural healing abilities. The PRP Dr. Koppel uses for injections to relieve pain contains an even higher concentration of growth factors than is typically found in your blood.
To get the high concentration of proteins needed to jumpstart healing in a painful or injured joint, Dr. Koppel draws a sample of blood from your arm and processes it in a high-speed centrifuge. The centrifuge spins your blood to separate the protein-rich plasma from the other blood components. This platelet-rich plasma is then ready to be used as injections into the damaged tissue surrounding a degenerative or injured joint.
What conditions can PRP therapy treat?
PRP injections can help improve painful symptoms that come from:
- Acute sports injuries, like pulled hamstrings or knee sprains
- Osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition that usually affects knee joints
- Achilles tendonitis
- Tennis elbow
- Jumper’s knee
- Rotator cuff injuries and tendinitis
PRP therapy helps your body heal from chronic, painful conditions and potentially avoid surgery without worry of a long recovery period or harmful side effects.
How does PRP work?
When Dr. Koppel injects the high concentration of growth factors into your injured shoulder or arthritic knee, for example, it speeds up the healing process. Dr. Koppel injects the PRP into the soft tissue in the injured area and the PRP helps increase the growth factors in a tendon or ligament so it can begin to repair itself over time. Many people experience the benefits of PRP after a single treatment, but depending on your specific injury or condition, Dr. Koppel creates a treatment plan that may include a series of PRP injections to maximize the benefits.
If you’ve been suffering from chronic joint pain, an Achilles tendon injury, or should tenderness — or another condition that’s affecting the quality of your life or limiting your mobility — PRP therapy may be an ideal solution. To learn more about this regenerative medicine, nonsurgical approach to helping your body heal and to find out if PRP treatments can work for you, call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool.