Our body produces platelets, which are minuscule blood cells that help form blood clots to allow us to heal. These cells circulate throughout our blood, triggering its natural healing response to reduce pain and inflammation. Dr. Stuart A. Kauffman at PRP in Philadelphia has helped patients for more than 20 years using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and other techniques to ease chronic pain. Read on for more information about PRP and how it can ultimately improve your quality of life.
How does PRP work?
On average, a healthy body produces 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood. Naturally created PRP treatments provide safe and effective therapy for chronic pain. PRP is far less invasive than surgery.
To see if PRP is right for you, Dr. Kauffman first reviews your medical history and performs a physical. He uses PRP for such issues as:
- Chronic pain
- Joint, knee, and wrist pain
- Degenerative joint disease
- Postsurgical repair
- Spinal pain
- Low back pain
- Damaged or torn ligaments and tendons
- Chronic muscle pain
- Shoulder injuries
Next, the process is simple: Your blood is drawn, and a centrifuge separates the platelets. Then, guided by ultrasound, Dr. Kauffman injects PRP near the site of your chronic pain.
That’s it. You can return to normal activities later that day. Dr. Kauffman continues to monitor your progress over the next few months to make sure you’re experiencing less pain. It’s that easy.
PRP is proven to relieve chronic pain
The lower back is one of the most common areas to experience chronic pain. According to the National Pain Report, studies have shown that more than half of patients receiving PRP therapy for early-stage degenerative spinal disc disease noticed long-term improvements.
The study also mentions that anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and spinal fusion surgery were less effective and more apt to cause complications than PRP. The anti-inflammatory properties of platelets also relieve pain caused by osteoporosis and other chronic issues.
Since Dr. Kauffman injects your own blood platelet cells, he targets the heart of the problem rather than temporarily easing your pain. PRP curtails the need for long-term pain medication due to wrist, back, or other chronic pain.
This non-surgical option requires far less downtime than traditional surgery. No wonder so many athletes, such as renowned golfer Tiger Woods, Philadelphia 76ers Jerryd Bayless, Angels’ baseball pitchers Gerry Richards and Andrew Heaney, and myriad others found success with PRP.
Short-term therapy produces long-term results
After just a few minutes of PRP injections, many patients report lasting healing as well as the ability to return to their normal lives and activities. Ultrasound and MRI images further demonstrate that PRP therapy assists tissue repair. Patient testimonies provide the ultimate endorsement, confirming that chronic pain diminishes over time.
Those in search of less invasive, non-surgical alternatives to chronic pain should look no further than Dr. Kauffman and PRP in Philadelphia. Simply give us a call or request an appointment online today.