How PRP Works to Reduce Pain and Restore Quality of Life

Apr 09, 2024
How PRP Works to Reduce Pain and Restore Quality of Life
Platelet-rich plasma contains substances that support the healing of damaged tissues from the inside out. Learn how PRP therapy can reduce pain and enhance your mobility, so you can enjoy a higher quality of life.

An estimated 51.6 million American adults live with some form of chronic pain. If you’re looking for effective solutions to manage pain without medications, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy might be an option.

At IV MD in New York City, we specialize in PRP therapy to ease chronic inflammation and pain that interferes with your mobility and quality of life.

Chaim Mandelbaum, MD, and our medical team customize a care plan using PRP derived from your own body to harness your natural healing potential, so you can live a more active, pain-free life.

An overview of PRP therapy

PRP therapy uses substances found in your body to support the healing of soft tissues from injuries and disease.

Your blood already contains platelets and essential growth factors that play a role in cell regeneration. Injections of PRP into the area of pain stimulates your body to produce healthy new cells to replace damaged ones.

While PRP therapy may not provide immediate symptom relief, it does offer long-term results that other treatments don’t. Injections of PRP treat the underlying cause of chronic pain by healing damaged tissue and reducing inflammation, rather than just masking your symptoms.

In some cases, PRP therapy can help you prolong or avoid the need for surgery. Treatment requires no downtime, and because we use PRP from your own blood, there are minimal side effects associated with the injections.

Conditions that qualify for PRP therapy

There are a variety of conditions that we can treat with PRP therapy. At IV MD, we offer comprehensive health evaluations to identify the root cause of your pain. We also review your current health and medical history to determine if PRP injections are a good fit.

You may be a candidate for PRP therapy if you have persistent inflammation or pain from:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon tears
  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament sprains

These issues may originate from sports injuries, car accidents, falls, and other unexpected events or from age-related degeneration of your soft tissues.

PRP therapy isn’t typically the first course of treatment for painful conditions. But Dr. Mandelbaum may recommend PRP if physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and medications aren’t effective.

We also offer a variety of IV vitamin therapies to maximize the benefits of your PRP therapy.

What to expect during your PRP treatment

PRP therapy consists of two parts during the same office visit. Dr. Mandelbaum must first harvest the platelets needed for treatment by drawing a sample of your blood. He places it in a centrifuge, a fast-spinning device that separates the platelets from other substances.

The resulting high concentration of PRP is what we inject into your muscles or other soft tissues. Dr. Mandelbaum uses imaging technology to guide the injection into a precise location in your body to maximize your results.

We ensure you’re comfortable throughout treatment and can apply a topical anesthetic at the site before injecting PRP. You can go back to your usual routine right away without the need for recovery or downtime.

It can take several weeks for your body to generate new cells to support the healing of damaged tissues. As the healthy cells replace the damaged ones and inflammation subsides, you begin to notice a reduction in pain and an improvement in your mobility.

To find out if you qualify for PRP therapy, call us at IV MD in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York, today. You can also book an appointment online.