Most of us want to stay active as we age, but frustrating, mobility-impairing aches and pains make it more difficult. If you’re a baby boomer, you’ve no doubt encountered irritating joint pain that impairs your lifestyle and fitness.
Happily, there is a simple, outpatient procedure that will relieve your joint pain, as well as other painful areas of your body. At Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine in Ramsey, NJ, Kevin McElroy, DO and Steven Ferrer, MD offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, a cutting edge form of regenerative medicine.
Keep reading to learn more about PRP injections, and how they can revitalize your fitness and make you pain-free at any age.
What are PRP injections?
PRP injections are shots used to promote healing in injured, inflamed, or painful areas in the body. The shots use platelet-rich plasma, using your own blood at five to ten times its natural concentration, which allows the injured areas of your body to regenerate and heal themselves.
The injections are so successful, they’ve gained increasing popularity around the country. Elite athletes, aging adults, and people managing chronic conditions or injuries are all groups who’ve used PRP injections with success.
What do PRP injections treat?
PRP helps you heal and reduce inflammation from various conditions that involve joint pain. This includes arthritis, joint injuries, and tendonitis.
In addition, PRP is proven to help a variety of other conditions, such as injuries to your muscles, ligaments, tissues, and tendons. It also helps people recover more quickly from surgery.
Who can get PRP injections?
Our doctors offer PRP injections to the vast majority of healthy adults. You might not be eligible for PRP injections if you have anemia or certain infections.
How do PRP injections work?
As a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, PRP injections will relieve you of inflammation and pain while you’re going about your normal day. To prepare for the treatment, make sure you eat before your appointment to avoid feeling lightheaded when you get your blood drawn.
Our doctors start by drawing your blood. They’ll put your blood in a sophisticated machine, which separates the platelet-rich parts from the rest of your blood.
Next, our doctors numb the area of your body where you’ll receive treatment. They inject the platelet-rich concentration of your blood into the area.
You can immediately go back to your routine after getting a PRP injection, with minimal side effects. You might experience a little pain in the injection site for a few days. Over the next several weeks, your body will use its natural regenerative abilities to heal itself.
The number of treatments you’ll need depends on the cause and severity of your pain. Our doctors will work with you to personalize a treatment plan.
Say goodbye to the side effects of aging with PRP injections
Thanks to modern regenerative treatments like PRP, you can continue to feel young no matter how old you become. After getting PRP, you can kiss joint pain, as well as other painful side effects of aging, goodbye and maintain an active lifestyle.
Our experienced doctors at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine offer PRP injections to baby boomers (and younger patients) in the Ramsey, New Jersey area. To meet our team and find out more about PRP injections, request an appointment online or by calling our practice.