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Platelet Rich Plasma Injections

What is PRP?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a highly effective series of injections of your body’s own platelets which come from the plasma portion of whole blood. Platelets are rich in growth factors and other enzymes which are involved in the healing process. When injected into injured tendons and tissues around the facets of the spine, PRP provides growth factors which stimulate healing. 

NGPG Interventional Pain Medicine offers PRP Therapy to help your body in its efforts to heal injury and reduce pain. 

Non-surgical, in-office procedure.

During an office visit, blood is drawn from the arm and spun at high speeds to separate out the platelet-rich plasma. Using targeted injections, the patient’s own PRP is injected into the injured site. The whole process typically takes about 20 minutes.

  • PRP injections are prepared from the patient's own blood.
  • The entire blood drawing, preparation, and injection process occurs in a single office visit.
  •  Patients are prescribed a combination of oral narcotic and sedative medication to be taken prior to or at time of office arrival for the PRP procedure.
  • 30 - 60 cc's of blood are drawn from the patient (roughly 1/8 to 1/4 the volume required to donate a unit blood). This 30 - 60 cc’s yields a very small volume of platelet-rich plasma (approximately 3 - 6 cc’s)
  • The blood is then placed in a centrifuge separating the platelets from the other cell types found in blood. Growth factors and other substances released by the platelets facilitate the regenerative process that occurs with tissue healing.
  • The physician injects the PRP into specific targets in the area of spine and/or sacral pain. The injections take about 15-20 minutes to complete from start to finish.

Fast, effective, long-term Pain Relief

Most patients achieve successful outcomes after a single injection. In some cases, two to three injections may be necessary. After treatment, patients strengthen their bodies through exercise to maximize the effectiveness and duration of PRP in pain relief.

  • Soreness is common after the procedure and peaks between the third and fifth days after the procedure..
  • Patients typically return to the physician's office for a second injection targeting the same area 2 - 4 weeks later. Depending on patient response, patients may undergo additional injections in the future.
  • The time to noticeable pain relief and functional improvement is highly patient-dependent and can take anywhere from weeks to months.
  • Strengthening your core is an important part of long-term success. The NGPG team can help you identify exercises or resources to prolong your pain relief.
  • PRP injections offer a promising treatment option for patients who have not achieved sufficient pain relief from steroid-based spine injection therapies and other treatments.
  • To learn more about PRP injections for back, head and neck pain, watch the patient success stories below or call NGPG Pain Intervention at 770-219-6520.