Using PRP Injections as an Effective Shoulder Pain Treatment
Have PRP injections been recommended to you? Wondering what they involve and just how effective they are?
Then you’ve come to the right place!
Below, we’ll explore how PRP injections work and why they’re proven to be beneficial as a type of shoulder pain treatment.
How Do PRP Injections Work?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma and this is becoming increasingly used as an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions. From shoulder pain and instability to osteoarthritis and knee and ankle sprains, these injections are revered among many health professionals.
Using PRP may provide patients with permanent, long-lasting solutions to their pain, and this won’t wear off like many other traditional pain injections.
Because PRP injections boost the natural regenerative healing process of your body and fixes the underlying cause of your pain rather than simply “masking” it.
You see, when your body is injured, platelets are the first type of cells to be sent to the affected area. They release growth factors to stimulate new tissue cells, starting the healing process. However, sometimes this process might not work as well as it should.
Therefore, by adding more platelets to the area, this helps your body increase its growth factor dramatically. In fact your regenerative powers skyrocket from 6% to 94%. This assists the healing process, alleviates pain, and reduces inflammation.
Why Are They an Effective Shoulder Pain Treatment?
When you visit us in Columbus for PRP injections, we will take a sample of your blood (this is just the same as a routine blood test). This is then placed in a machine (a centrifuge) that spins your blood at a unique speed and gravity to rapidly to separate the components.
Once the PRP is extracted, it is placed into an injection that’s then administered to the target area, after a local anesthetic is administered.
How quickly will it get to work?
Straight away. And you should start to notice a significant improvement in your symptoms within the first few days. The number of injections you need will vary depending on your condition and the severity of it, but this is normally a total of four injections done once every two weeks. In fact, one study that involved treating frozen shoulder with PRP injections noted that 60% of patients noticed an improvement after their first injection, restriction of movement improved two-fold, and improvement for function was over 70%.
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All of this is achieved without the need for ongoing medication or surgery – and it provides permanent results.
For effective relief for your shoulder pain, call us today at 706-563-3370.