Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary treatment that harnesses your body’s healing capacity. At Central Jersey Hand Surgery, with offices in Freehold, Eatontown, and Toms River, New Jersey, the team of experts use PRP injections in the office to help ease pain and restore function for certain hand conditions before resorting to surgery. This non-surgical treatment uses compounds found in your blood to promote healing. To find out if you’re a candidate for PRP therapy, call or schedule an appointment online.
Your blood contains several compounds, one of which is platelets. These platelets are responsible for clotting, but they also have proteins and growth factors that aid in healing. To create platelet-rich plasma (PRP), you donate a small sample of your blood in a conventional draw. The blood is then spun down in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, creating a substance that has a far greater amount of these essential healing elements.
If you suffer from arthritis or an injury to the ligaments or tendons in your hands, wrists, or elbows, PRP injections can help your body heal on its own. The flood of PRP accelerates your body’s ability to reduce inflammation and create new, healthy tissue.
A PRP injection is relatively simple. A provider from Central Jersey Hand Surgery draws a sample of blood from your arm. The blood is placed in a centrifuge, which spins exceptionally fast and separates the different parts of your blood into clear layers.
The platelet-rich portion is separated and treated for reinjection. A fluorscopic X-ray may be used to guide your doctor to the right point to place the PRP injection.
Immediately following the injection, you probably won’t feel much different. You may have some slight soreness in the site for a few days. Over the course of several weeks, as your body gets to healing itself, you notice an improvement in range of motion and a decrease in pain.
PRP is effective on a wide variety of conditions that cause pain in your hands and wrists, such as:
If you have pain in your hands, wrist, or elbow due to soft tissue degeneration or injury, call Central Jersey Hand Surgery or schedule an appointment online to learn about the benefits of PRP injections.