Pain is often the result of an injury or degenerative condition that causes inflammation, swelling, and tension in your muscles that compensate for the weakness. Raul Lopez, MD, offers a variety of regenerative medicine treatments at West Texas Pain Institute, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, to boost your body’s natural healing ability and provide much-needed pain relief. Call the office in El Paso, Texas, or make an appointment online today to learn how PRP injections can relieve your pain.
PRP injections are a minimally invasive regenerative medicine treatment that use a sample of your own blood to harness and boost your body’s natural healing ability. Dr. Lopez uses PRP injections to treat back pain, joint pain, and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Platelets are one of the solid components in your blood and are responsible for clotting to stop bleeding when you injure yourself. Additionally, they’re rich in growth factors — the proteins that support cellular repair and regeneration.
PRP is a serum of your blood that has been separated and recombined to contain 5-10 times more platelets than a normal blood sample. When Dr. Lopez injects that serum into damaged tissue, it kick-starts your healing process and provides pain relief.
PRP injections flood your damaged tissue with the proteins that support cell repair and regeneration, which stimulates and promotes your body’s ability to heal itself. PRP injections can accelerate healing for your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues. As your body heals, your pain subsides.
Your PRP injections begin with a blood draw. Dr. Lopez separates the different components of your blood in a centrifuge and then recombines the platelets and plasma to create the serum.
When you PRP serum is ready, Dr. Lopez injects it directly into your injured tissue. The injections don’t provide immediate pain relief, but they do speed up your healing process. You should notice a reduction in your pain within a few weeks. You may also need a series of injections for optimal pain relief.
PRP injections offer a medicine-free approach to pain management. It’s easily combined with other therapies, such as stem cell therapy, physical therapy, massage, and hot and cold treatments.
In addition to relieving pain, PRP injections help your body to heal, resolving the issue that’s causing your pain instead of masking the symptoms. PRP injections can also help you avoid more invasive pain management treatments, such as surgery.
Call West Texas Pain Institute or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about PRP injections and how they can relieve your pain.