PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is not a new technology, but is much talked about currently. Plasma is a component of the blood that assists with clotting to promote growth of new, healthy cells. The theory of PRP is to merge this technology with the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
PRP has a number of applications; some are:
- Faster healing for tendon injuries such as tennis elbow, runner’s knee, and tendinitis
- Treating acute sports injuries like sprains and strains
- Facilitating recovery after surgery to speed healing
- Pain relief for those with osteoarthritis and other inflammatory conditions
What Might Patients Expect during a PRP procedure?
This simple treatment is performed in clinic on an outpatient basis and takes less than one hour from start to finish. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and put into a centrifuge machine. This centrifuge rapidly spins to separate the blood into layers of PRP and red blood cells. The PRP layer is then injected into the affected injury under a local anesthetic or topical numbing agent on the skin. Often times Ultrasound Imaging is used to target the specific treatment area.
Are There Any Side Effects?
While PRP has been used successfully for many years, it is still considered in the experimental stages. Since the patient’s own blood is used, PRP is a safe procedure. Minor side effects of the treatment might include discomfort or swelling at the injection site. This is alleviated with ice and elevation. Physical Therapy may also be recommended to optimize the effects of PRP.
If you would like more information about PRP or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 941.951.2663. You may also find information on our website here. The experienced physicians at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates have been treating patients in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte Counties since 1978 and offer same/next day appointments in three locations.
Frequent rounds of golf can cause a number of painful conditions from chronic overuse of the muscles and tendons. Back pain resulting from improper form is one of the more common complaints in orthopedics. First and foremost, having a golf pro will help avoid injuries as well as improve your game. Despite how hard you try, at some point you may fall victim to a back injury just like the golf professionals. When injuries do occur there are non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments to alleviate discomfort.
Simply avoiding the exacerbating repetitive task may alleviate pain, however, giving up your golf game is not practical. NSAIDs and the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevate) provide temporary relief but do not necessarily address the primary reason for discomfort.
The key to preventing a back injury is working with your golf pro to optimize the mechanics of your swing. Muscle stains can be caused by an over-powerful swing or an incorrect weight shift on the follow through, thus causing your lower back pain. When this happens and, if the condition is beyond the assistance of RICE and anti-inflammatories, there are non-surgical treatments we provide to get you back in the game.
Some of the many options are:
- Radiofrequency Ablation, otherwise known as RFA, is a safe, effective means to treat pain from arthritic joints in the neck and low back. The procedure uses heat to disable only the sensory nerves that transmit pain impulses in the spine. Benefits of this therapy may last up to a year and sometimes longer.
- Epidural injections are used to reduce inflammation and pain from nerve root compression in the neck and low back. In many cases this provides immediate relief and may provide relief lasting up to a year.
- PRP, platelet rich plasma, is a conservative approach to natural healing. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and placed into a centrifuge to separate the layers of blood. The PRP layer is then injected into the localized area to be treated. The purpose is to merge this technology with the body’s natural ability to heal itself quickly.
Dr Justin Raye is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician with a specialty in Interventional Pain Medicine at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates. While his treatment focus on pain is vast, some of the more common conditions include back/neck pain, herniated discs, sciatica, spinal compression fractures, and sports injuries. Treatment therapies include image guided injections, kyphoplasty, spinal cord stimulation, radiofrequency ablation, and regenerative medicine (Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapy). Dr. Raye sees patients in all three SOA locations. When needed, patients are seen on a same or next day basis. Visit our website to make an appointment or call 941-951-BONE.
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