Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

New Treatment Provides Lasting Musculoskeletal Pain Relief

platelet rich plasma therapy prpPlatelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary new treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions.

PRP is a rapidly emerging technique is showing exciting potential with osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip and spine, rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, pelvic pain and instability, back and neck injuries, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, tendonitis, and ligament sprains.

National Spine & Pain Centers has the only physicians in the region currently trained in PRP therapy. They can determine if this advanced, non-surgical treatment is right for you.

How does PRP therapy help?

  • The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells
  • Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate repair and attract the critical assistance of stem cells
  • PRP therapy’s natural healing process intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets
  • To create PRP therapy, a small sample of your blood is drawn (similar to a lab test sample) and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets from the other components
  • The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into and around the point of injury, jump-starting and significantly strengthening the body’s natural healing signal
  • Because your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and a very low risk of allergic reaction

How long does it take?

The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in a medical office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, or hospital stays and without a prolonged recovery. In fact, most people return to their jobs or usual activities right after the procedure.

How often should this procedure be done?

Up to three injections may be given within a six-month time frame, usually performed two to three weeks apart. You may, however, gain considerable to complete relief after the first or second injection.

What are the expected results?

Because the goal of PRP therapy is to resolve pain through healing, it could prove to have lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after PRP therapy, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery can also be greatly reduced by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.


Patient Success Stories

Bo Cook, Musician → After PRP therapy, I was amazed at the healing relief of my treatments and I can now play my instrument again with joy and passion. My experience has been nothing but positive and I recommend using National Spine & Pain Centers as a resource for your pain too.


Carol Bachmann → I had plantar fasciatis in my left foot. The pain was so bad, I could barely walk. Nothing helped. The PRP injections HURT because the area was so inflamed. But I can now walk, run, dance, and wear high heels again with no pain at all. It’s as though I never had a problem.


Lee Porter, Retired → I was referred to Dr. Wagner by my chiropractor to treat spondylolisthesis at L4-5 in my lumbar spine. He started me on prolotherapy and then PRP treatments, which have served to strengthen the muscles and connective tissues supporting my lumbar spine. I can now manage this condition with less pain and shifting of the vertebrae, and with sensible precautions, I can live a normal life. My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Wagner for his patience and expertise in finding the right treatment regime for my back problem.


KBO Olmstead, Fundraiser → After many tests it was confirmed that I had a “healing fracture”, basically I had a really bad break that didn’t quite heal normally. My only real option was to see Dr. Mayo Freidlis at National Spine & Pain. He worked his wonders with this new treatment of Platelet Rich Plasma. After one treatment the pain area became smaller and after 2 treatments it was down to a very small definitive area. On my last treatment we decided to wait and watch it as I was trying to get pregnant with #2, even though you can still have the therapy while pregnant. He said that the healing would continue but if I needed to come back for more to let him know. I am now 6 months into my pregnancy and my rib is still feeling very good. I thank Dr. Freidlis for doing this type of research and offering other alternative therapies to patients like myself.


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