Edmonton Pain Relief with Platelet-Rich Plasma
Within your body lies many of the tools needed to heal itself, and in the case of joint, muscle, cartilage, and even tendon pain, we are now able to use the platelets of your blood in a treatment known as Platelet Rich Plasma to greatly reduce pain.
Platelets which are small cells within the larger blood cells aid in the clotting process. When Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is injected into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation which then triggers a healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the tissue they release a number of enzymes to promote healing and restoration of tissue, making them an effective tool to combat the painful effects of illnesses such as Osteoarthritis, Acute Injuries, Post-surgical pain, and Tendonitis.
How it works
Small quantities of blood are drawn and subsequently spun in a centrifuge to separate its components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Plasma) It is then spun again to achieve an optimal concentration.
The platelet-rich plasma is separated from the rest of the blood and then activated with a small amount of calcium to allow the release of growth factors from the platelets which in turn amplifies the healing process. Following the administration of local anesthesia on the necessary areas, PRP is then injected directly into the affected area. This is a simple outpatient procedure that generally takes about an hour.
Who is it Best For?
Platelet Rich Plasma is an excellent long-term alternative for those who need pain management with reduced medication from conditions such as Arthritis, and Tendonitis that is not responding well to conventional methods of treatment.
Complications & Possible Side Effects
PRP is autologous, which means it contains substances that come directly from one’s own body, thus making it less likely that an allergic reaction will occur. That said, there are a few minor risks involved. Risks such as infection, nerve injuries and pain at the injection site are all possible but also mitigated by the high level of training our staff has received.
Typical Treatment Cost
PRP for pain relief typically starts at $550 per joint, or $1000 for 2 joints on same day.