What makes for an ideal candidate for platelet-rich plasma therapy? Well it depends on several things, but the short answer is that most people are. From professional sports athletes to laborers and everyone in between, if you have an injury chances are PRP therapy can help you. Moreover, even patient’s recovering from surgery are often directed to use PRP for its regenerative properties.
While there’s no universally adopted list of criteria for who should use PRP injections, there’s are suggested guidelines. Furthermore, the following offers a brief look at the type of patient who could benefit from using PRP therapy:
- Persistent pain that affects daily activities
- Other treatments have failed
- Physical therapy to strengthen the injured or weak area has not helped
- The patient does not want to use or cannot use medications for pain relief
- The patient prefers to avoid unnecessary surgical procedures
What Injuries or Conditions Can PRP Help With?
Outside of severe injuries, regenerative medicine may be able to help with a large number of conditions. Recently, Emory University suggested that, “PRP therapy is advised for patients with moderate osteoarthritis in the hip, knee, shoulder, or chronic tendonitis in the elbow or ankle.” This is big news for arthritis sufferers. It may offer a chance at pain relief using a more natural approach.
Patients should consider PRP therapy if they have been diagnosed with any of the following:
- ACL Tear
- Knee Pain
- Hip Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Back Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Upper Back Pain
Will I be Able to Reduce My Pain Medications?
One of the most important questions we are asked is about pain medications. Is PRP capable of replacing the need for prescription drugs? The answer is yes. It’s no secret that pain medications are dangerous and deadly, so we offer regenerative medicine in replace for these types of drugs.
Every patient responds differently to PRP. Many patients are able to decrease the number of pain pills they take each day while other patients are able to remove them entirely. Please consult with one of our physicians on specific medication questions.
Who’s Not an Ideal Candidate for Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
While we believe that PRP injections may heal a large number of people and have been shown to do so, it’s not for everyone. Therefore, PRP therapy may not be appropriate for patients who:
- Have very serious medical needs that require surgery
- Are pregnant
- Are anemic
- Have a medical condition that could worsen or spread with injections
- This includes active infections, certain skin diseases, or a metastatic disease
- Have certain bleeding or blood disorders
Finally, at Metropolitan Pain Consultants, our experienced physicians have been effectively using PRP to treat pain caused by arthritis in joints, tendonitis, muscle sprains and tears, ligament injuries, and other conditions. If you would like more information about our New Jersey platelet-rich plasma doctors, please give us a call at 201.729.0001.