Joint & Pain Management Injections
using Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF)Traditionally, joint pain is treated with rest, ice, elevation bracing, lifestyle modifications, weight loss, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and cortisone or hyaluronic acid (HA) injections. If these conservative measures are ineffective, the next step is usually a more invasive surgical treatment, depending on the severity of your condition.
However, with platelet-rich fibrin therapy (PRF), there’s a new treatment option for patients suffering from many conditions. Often times PRF can help reduce pain, restore the joint space, or prevent surgery.
PRF can be used for:
- Muscle tears and injuries
- Tendon tears
- Regeneration of tissue
- Pain management
Is PRP therapy right for you?PRF is a promising new treatment for joint pain and tissue regeneration, and has provided very beneficial results for our patients. During your initial consultation, Dr. Brian Green will review your medical history and symptoms, and help you determine if this treatment approach is the right fit for you.
What are PRF Injections and how can they help with acute and chronic pain?
- PRF Injection Therapy is designed to rebuild cartilage, repair torn meniscus and ligaments, and reduce swelling and pain. In the hands of an experienced clinician, it can help delay joint replacement and possibly avoid surgery. It works by stimulating the natural immune repair mechanisms and supplying the growth factors necessary to build tissue.
- PRF injection are designed to deliver high concentration of endogenous (your own “home-grown”) platelets and stem cells directly into the area of pain or discomfort
- Because platelets play a significant role in the healing of tissue, reintroducing a high concentration of platelets directly into the injured area can increase the healing process.
PRF Therapy is a simple process:
- After an consultation and exam, a doctor will take x-rays of your (knee, elbow, foot, ankle) in order to view the joint space and to determine narrowing, degeneration, arthritis, spurs, or other conditions which may be causing discomfort.
- A nurse will collect blood from your arm and spin it in a centrifuge to extract platelets, plasma and stem cells.
- From there, we will cleanse and inject the PRF into your joint, muscle spasm, or tendon to stimulate healing and regeneration.
- All injections will be performed by a certified orthopedic injector.
How many Treatments do I need?
- Multiple treatments may be required for optimal results. (Knees typically require 3-4 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart).
- We will discuss your treatment plan based upon your past medical history, examination and x-rays.