If you experience a sports or work-related injury, or you regularly experience chronic pain that affects your joints, back, or neck, consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is a regenerative medicine treatment that uses growth factors to encourage your body's natural healing process. At Pinnacle Pain Management Specialists, which has four locations throughout Chicagoland, including one in Hinsdale, Illinois, pain management expert Neeraj Jain, MD, proudly offers PRP to help treat patients suffering from various injuries and conditions. To see if you're a candidate, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
PRP is a substance that contains a high concentration of growth factors. Although your blood is primarily a liquid, it also contains microscopic solids, including white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Platelets clot your blood and prevent excess bleeding, but they also contain healing properties.
Research is still in its early stages, but clinical studies suggest that PRP reduces pain and inflammation, while encouraging the production of healthier cells and soft tissues. As a result, it’s now a popular treatment for sports injuries, joint pain, and personal injuries that once required surgical intervention.
At Pinnacle Pain Management Specialists, Dr. Jain uses PRP to treat a wide range of common problems, including:
You might also benefit from PRP if you experience an acute injury like an ankle sprain or swollen knee.
At Pinnacle Pain Management Specialists, Dr. Jain performs PRP treatments onsite, in his comfortable, welcoming offices. On the day of your appointment, Dr. Jain draws a sample of blood and places it into a machine called a centrifuge.
The centrifuge spins around rapidly, separating your platelets from the rest of your blood. When the centrifuge finishes, Dr. Jain takes the platelet-rich solution and carefully injects it into a damaged or swollen area of your body, such as an arthritic knee, stiff neck, or aching lower back.
Once the PRP solution enters your body, it goes to work, easing inflammation and encouraging the growth of newer, healthier tissues. Depending on the severity of your injury, Dr. Jain might recommend a series of PRP sessions spaced several weeks apart.
Only a qualified medical professional like Dr. Jain can determine if you’re a good candidate for PRP. Before making a treatment recommendation, Dr. Jain conducts a physical exam, asks you about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history.
Because PRP uses your body’s own growth factors, there’s little risk involved. This means it's safe for almost anyone, including people with chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure.
To learn more about the benefits of treatment with PRP, call Pinnacle Pain Management Specialists to schedule an appointment or book online today.