Also known as platelet-rich plasma therapy, PRP is a revolutionary treatment that has helped countless individuals – and many professional athletes – heal persistent musculoskeletal injuries.

HOW DOES PRP HEAL THE BODY?

PRP is a unique technology that harnesses the body’s natural ability to heal itself. When you experience an injury, the body’s first response is to send platelet cells to the area. These cells contain growth factors that trigger the body’s healing response.

By isolating those platelets and injecting them directly into an injury, PRP delivers a greater concentration of growth factors exactly where you need it. This heightened healing response allows the therapy to restore healthy, functioning tissue.

DID YOU KNOW?


Pittsburg Steeler wide receiver, Hines Ward, received PRP treatment on his knee.

Tiger Woods received four injections of PRP in his left knee following surgery.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Takashi Saito received PRP injections in his elbow.

NY Mets pitcher, Pedro Feliciano, received PRP therapy for his shoulder pain and hamstring injury.

Top tennis player, Rafael Nadal, used PRP injections to help resolve his knee injury.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN PRP TREAT?

In general, PRP therapy is used for musculoskeletal and arthritic conditions that have not responded to conservative treatments and therapies.

The most common conditions we treat with PRP include:


Disc degeneration

When chronic back pain stems from a problem with the intervertebral discs, PRP is an appropriate treatment. During this procedure, our physicians will inject the platelet-rich plasma directly into the disc to stimulate your body’s natural healing response and relieve your discomfort.

We generally recommend PRP treatments for disc degeneration if your pain is persistent and has not responded to more conservative measures, such as rest, physical therapy, and steroid injections.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

The sacroiliac joint connects the spine to the pelvis and acts as a shock absorber for the entire body. When it becomes inflamed and stops functioning properly, it can result in chronic lower back pain.

This type of pain can be very responsive to PRP, which harnesses the immune system to strengthen the injured or damaged joint. Most of our Long Island patients experience an improvement in their pain levels after three injections spaced two weeks apart.

Facet joint dysfunction

The facet joints are the joints in the spine that allow you to bend and twist with ease. When they swell, they can result in lower back pain and a diminished range of motion. If your discomfort is persistent and does not respond to rest and physical therapy, PRP back injections can direct healing stem cells to the area.

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THE PROCEDURE

Prior to your PRP procedure, you will need to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc.) for one week.

When you arrive at our Long Island office for your treatment, we will begin by preparing your blood for the procedure. This will involve drawing a small amount of your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge for several minutes to separate the platelets. This process takes approximately 30 minutes.

From there, we will extract the platelet-rich plasma from the mixture and inject it into the injured tissue or joint under ultrasound guidance to ensure accuracy. Once in place, the PRP will release growth factors that enable the body to naturally heal itself from the inside out. The injections take about one hour and are not painful.

When will I start feeling better?
Your results timeline will vary depending on the type, location, and severity of your injury. However, most of our Long Island patients experience a reduction in their pain or increased function within four to six weeks.

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THE RECOVERY

Because PRP is all-natural and uses your body’s own blood, side effects are minimal. At the very most, some of our Long Island patients report soreness at the injection site. We recommend resting at home for a few days until the post-procedure discomfort dissipates.

AM I A CANDIDATE?

Our spine specialists can help you determine if PRP back injections are in your best interest during your initial consultation at our Long Island office.

With that said, the procedure is not considered appropriate for patients who:

  • Are being treated for a malignancy
  • Have a current infection, fever or illness
  • Have blood born cancer such as leukemia or lymphoma that is not in remission for the past five years
  • Have received steroid injections within the past two weeks
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