Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: A Glimpse into the Cutting Edge World of Pain Management

Akash Bajaj MD. MPH, and Sheena Udeshi, NP-BC, or Remedy Pain Solutions, Inc.

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Are you or a loved one living with the pain of osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis, ACL injury, or even a sprained ankle? A revolutionary treatment, known as platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP), is a safe and nonsurgical method of relieving the pain from these and a variety of other musculoskeletal conditions.

What is PRP?

Within our blood, there are three main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets are well known as an essential component in the blood clotting process. In addition, platelets also contain hundreds of growth factors within them. This serves as a fundamental quality to the body’s natural healing and regenerating process. The procedure of PRP therapy consists of performing a simple intravenous blood draw. The blood sample is spun down and the platelets are then centrifuged, or separated, from all of the other blood components. This process allows for a greater concentration of the platelets and its associated growth factors.

How does PRP work?

The concentrated platelet rich plasma, along with a local anesthetic, is carefully injected directly into the area of injury or damage. The high concentration of platelets and the correlated growth factors allows for faster healing, restoration, and regeneration of damaged tissue or bone. The procedure is safe and carries virtually no risk of allergic reaction or communicable infection due to the use of the individual’s very own blood. The procedure itself is very well-tolerated, and the only possible expectation is soreness at the injection site as a result of the body’s natural inflammatory response.

What to Expect

PRP is performed on an outpatient basis, which means the patient can go home the very same day. The process itself takes approximately one to two hours, which includes the preparation and recovery time. Most people are able to return to their normal activities after the procedure. An individual may notice improvement of symptoms within the first couple weeks after the procedure. The individual’s symptoms will continue to progressively improve as the body continues its natural healing process. The individual may experience significant benefit after only one PRP treatment. If necessary, additional PRP treatments may be performed two to four weeks apart for greater pain relief.

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Overall Prognosis

The need for surgical treatments may be greatly reduced as PRP allows for reversal and restoration of damaged tissues. This therapy has shown to be of significant benefit as it allows for aggressive and efficient natural healing processes. In essence, PRP is quite unique as it actually works to heal and reverse tissue damage, instead of only covering up the injury temporarily. As a result, athletes and other individuals suffering from common musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries will now be able to obtain greater pain relief and increased strength, as well as the ability to return to normal, healthy living.

Dr. Bajaj completed his undergraduate studies at UCSD, graduating summa cum laude and is a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa & Golden Key Honor societies. He then went on to simultaneously earn his M.D. and a Master’s degree in Public Health (M.P.H.) from the New York Medical College. He then served a residency in Anesthesiology at UCLA Medical Center. While at UCLA, he pioneered the development of audio and visual distractions during O.R. Anesthesia as a novel adjunct to administering Anesthesia, and alleviating acute painful states. Choosing then to sub-specialize in pain medicine, he completed an Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious University of California San Francisco, selected as one of only five fellows, graduating in 2006. His lectures have been heard nationally on CBS Radio, as well as UCLA, and UCSF.

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Contact:
Remedy Pain Solutions
4644 Lincoln Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 482-6906
www.remedypainsolutions.com