Platelet-Rich Plasma for Joint Pain

Calgary Joint Pain Relief

Your body has 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 properties of your blood in a treatment known as Platelet Rich Plasma to greatly reduce pain.

Platelets are small cells in your blood that aid in the clotting process. When Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is injected into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation that 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

A small quantity of blood is drawn. The blood is then spun in a special centrifuge to separate its components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Plasma) It is then spun again to achieve 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 (xylocaine), 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 awesome long-term alternative for those who need pain relief from conditions such as Arthritis, and Tendonitis that is not responding well to conventional methods of treatment.

 

Complications & Possible Side Effects

PRP is autologous, meaning it contains substances that comes directly from one’s own body, thus making it less likely that an allergic reaction will occur. That said, there are a few small 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 $800 for a single treatment.

 

 

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