PRP: Why It's a Game-Changer in Treating Joint Pain

If you struggle with chronic joint pain, it’s easy to feel like your only options are risky pain relievers or the ordeal of surgery. Instead, advancements in regenerative medicine can provide more natural, drug-free solutions.

At Physical Medicine Institute in Sherman Oaks, California, our experienced team lead by B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME specializes in regenerative medicine techniques, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Explore how this cutting-edge approach is changing pain management treatment for good, without the need for surgery or downtime.

How PRP works

PRP takes a completely different approach to joint pain management, compared with traditional techniques that merely mask your symptoms. Instead, PRP triggers the healing process in your body to restore health and function to damaged tissue. 

Your blood’s plasma, the watery portion, contains powerful substances such as platelets that play a crucial role in the healing process. Your platelets make substances known as growth factors that help to regenerate tissue, regulate cell division, and stimulate healing.

Other substances in your plasma include glucose, antibodies, proteins, and red and white cells. Your red blood cells help carry oxygen throughout your body, while white cells help fight infection.

During PRP therapy, we concentrate these substances to harness their healing abilities, increasing the growth factors by up to 5-10 times

Using PRP for chronic pain

Regenerative medicine techniques like PRP fight chronic joint pain among numerous benefits, including:

PRP also contains special proteins that reduce pain sensations by altering your pain receptors while you heal. Because of these benefits, we recommend PRP therapy for a wide range of painful conditions all over your body, ranging from tendon injuries to osteoarthritis.

What to expect during PRP therapy

Receiving PRP therapy is a relatively easy and painless procedure, though it does involve a blood draw and injection. We often use topical numbing creams to reduce any sensations during this process.

During your appointment, we create your PRP injection from your own blood by separating the healing factors from your sample and concentrating them in plasma. Once it’s ready, we inject your PRP directly into the area of your body that is causing your pain and discomfort. After your injection, you can resume normal activity.

Because this form of regenerative medicine works by triggering the healing process, it’s common to have some mild pain and swelling immediately after your treatment. These are normal as your body gets to work healing damaged tissue and usually fades within a week when new cells begin returning to the area. 

After a few weeks, as healthy cells grow, divide, and create new tissue, you can expect to experience less pain in the area and improved function and mobility. To get the best results, we might recommend a series of PRP injections or combining your therapy with other regenerative medicine treatments or serums containing growth factors.

For more information on PRP and chronic joint pain management, call us at 818-905-3355, or you can request an appointment online today. You can also send a message to the team here on our website.