Regenerative medicine is a new and growing branch of medicine that uses the patients’ own cells to heal and restore damaged or diseased tissue. One of the most popular methods is the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
If you suffer from pain and nothing seems to be working, regenerative medicine may be an option. For years, the doctors at Janerich Pain Specialists have been helping people to manage their pain. Dr. David Janerich is received unique and specialized training studying platelet-rich plasma therapies and is the go-to specialist in the area to treat your pain utilizing PRP injections.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP for short, is a therapeutic injection process used to grow and repair connective tissue in your joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It accelerates the natural healing process by using the patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems and injuries.
Here is how the process works:
- A few vials of blood are taken from the patient, similar to a routine lab draw that your PCP may order. The vials are run through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets.
- Once the platelets-rich plasma is separated, it is treated before being injected at the injured area.
- Dr. Janerich uses ultrasound-guidance to ensure that the PRP is injected in the exact location of patient’s injured or diseased body tissue.
- Once injected, the PRP will release growth factors which will then increase and stimulate the patient’s own healing process to restore healthy tissue.
Following the injection, it is recommended that patients avoid ibuprofen and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) as they can interfere with the healing process. It is also recommended that patients have a diligent physical therapy regimen before and after PRP injections as it often increases the efficacy of the PRP. Initial improvement may be seen in the injured area within a few to several weeks.
The Effectiveness of PRP Injections
Many studies have shown that PRP treatment can improve the healing in soft tissue injuries or boney ailments, such as rotator cuff tears, Achilles tendon tears, or even osteoarthritic joints. PRP has also been shown to improve function and reduce pain in those with chronic conditions such as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. Another important advantage to PRP therapy is reducing the need for strong medications and anti-inflammatories.
Since PRP is considered a non-invasive procedure, it is less aggressive than surgery. The tissue will heal with minimal to no scarring and can alleviate the further degeneration of tissue. Since the therapy uses the patient’s own blood, there is no chance of rejection and a very small chance of side effects.
Janerich Pain Specialists Can Help Your Pain
We understand the difficulties you are facing each day and that’s why we’re here to help. Janerich Pain Specialists use the latest technology and methods available to help relieve your pain. Call us today to schedule an appointment!
If you are suffering from chronic pain and are interested in learning more about regenerative medicine and PRP injections, contact the pain management specialists at Janerich Pain Specialists to schedule an appointment. Don’t let pain hold you back.
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Real Clients...Real Stories
I was recently referred to Dr. Janerich by my podiatrist regarding chronic pain in my knees that I have suffered from for years due to osteoarthritis. I have had pain in my knees since I was 38 years old; I am now 65.
I have tried a multitude of treatments. Among them: Laser treatments, physical therapy, Synvisc injections by an Orthopedic doctor, acupuncture and serious pain pills, along with hundreds of dollars of supplements that promised to turn me into Wonder Woman. [That never happened] No former treatments ever gave me any long-lasting relief. When I saw Dr. Janerich, he gave me something I hadn't experienced in years, "HOPE".
He offered me a nerve block procedure to ease my pain and other options for longer term relief. He was patient and thorough. I never knew there was a bridge treatment between the Synvisc injections and total knee replacements.
So far, the nerve block has been working like a miracle. I may never run a marathon, but I feel so much better. My outlook is positive and I am sure glad I went for this treatment.
Dr. Janerich's staff is friendly and personable. I would recommend anyone to come to this office for pain relief.
Approximately 20 years ago, I had a work related injury that resulted in serious injury to both my upper and lower back also affecting my legs. There have been many times that the pain in my legs was so severe that I didn't even think they would hold me up.
After endless visits to chiropractors, acupuncturists and physical therapists I still ended up with limited or no relief. In some cases it actually made my pain worse.
I went to see two surgeons from The University of Philadelphia who told me that I would need several surgery's and even if everything went perfectly I would still only have about 50% relief. They told me that we all have our crosses in life to bear and that I should consider this mine. They felt the risk and recovery from multiple surgery's would not be worth any minimal reward. I was so discouraged and resolved to the fact that there was no choice but to live with this debilitating pain. I didn't want to take pain killers as they would only mask the pain for a short time and I would just have to keep taking them. This was not an option for me. I took Tylenol and tried to aggravate my back as little as possible.
Anyone who has a back injury or chronic pain knows exactly what I'm talking about. You still have to live your daily life in spite of it. I became very depressed believing that this was just how it was going to be.
About three months ago, I began treatment with Dr. David Janerich. He introduced me to new options and procedures which aren't regularly practiced or even recognized in our area that might help with my chronic pain. I figured, what do I have to lose.
After several injection treatments, for the first time in 20+ years I finally have received considerable relief. I am able to perform my normal daily functions with little to no pain. Things that people normally take for granted were now possible. My leg pain is totally gone
now and any back pain I have is minimal. I never thought that this would have been possible for me.
His entire staff have been great. They handled all necessary paperwork and pre-authorizations from the insurance company. They are all compassionate and truly care about their patients.
Dr. Janerich's dedication in helping his patients obtain a life without severe chronic pain is second to none. I would highly recommend that anyone who was in my condition give him the opportunity to use these same procedures and change their lives as well.