Shoulder pain can be caused by many reasons. Irrespective of its cause, shoulder pain can disrupt you from performing your daily activities. With the advancement in technology, several new options have emerged to treat shoulder pain. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is one among those new ways of treating shoulder pain without undergoing any surgery. PRP is effective at treating various conditions including shoulder pain. PRP for knee pain can help reduce inflammation and promote regeneration from the injury or wound.
The number of PRP injections for treating your shoulder pain varies based on the severity of your condition.
What is PRP?
PRP is a new way of treating the pain caused by an injury to tendons, ligaments, muscles, etc. PRP treatment makes use of your platelet-rich plasma to promote your body’s natural healing process. The growth factors present in the platelets help with the healing and repair of the injured or damaged areas in the shoulder. Many athletes prefer PRP over surgery for shoulder pain to recover faster from their injury.
What Type of Shoulder Conditions and Injuries Can Be Treated Using PRP Injections?
Shoulder pain can occur due to various causes. It can occur due to strenuous activities such as throwing, lifting heavy objects, and many more. Each shoulder injury or condition is different. Hence, the doctor will evaluate your condition to determine if PRP can treat your condition.
The following are some of the common shoulder injuries and conditions that can be treated with PRP injections:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Glenohumeral joint osteoarthritis
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder dislocations
- Labral tears
How Does PRP Work for Shoulder Pain?
Blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Platelets contain growth factors that are helpful for the healing process. But some of the platelets may get lost over time and the healing process becomes difficult. PRP process involves injecting your own platelets into the injured site of your shoulder to promote the healing and regeneration process.
PRP Treatment Process for Shoulder Pain
Before performing PRP therapy, you will have an initial consultation with the doctor to check if you are suitable for PRP injections. If the doctor determines that you are suitable for PRP therapy, the doctor will ask you to stop using certain medications before and after three weeks of your PRP therapy.
PRP therapy is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed on an outpatient basis. PRP therapy begins by extracting a small amount of your blood. The amount of blood extracted is based on the condition to be treated. Now, the blood sample will be placed in a centrifuge device to separate other components of the blood from platelet-rich plasma. Now, the highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma is injected into the area to be treated. This will help improve the regenerative tissues inside your body and promote the healing process. The entire procedure can take up to one hour and you can return home immediately.
The effectiveness of PRP therapy for shoulder pain is based on the cause of your shoulder pain, your overall health, and other factors.
How Many PRP Injections Do I Need for Shoulder Pain?
The number of PRP injections required for treating shoulder pain is based on the severity of your condition and how your body responds to PRP injections. The doctor will determine the number of PRP injections required for you by thoroughly evaluating your condition.
In general, you may need two to three injections to get rid of your shoulder pain. There will be several weeks of interval between each PRP session. However, the number of PRP injections required varies from one patient to another. The doctor will closely monitor how you are responding to the treatment to achieve the best possible results.
Looking for PRP Therapy for Shoulder Pain? Meet Dr Pradyumna Reddy Today
If you have been suffering from shoulder pain and looking for a non-invasive treatment, meet Dr Pradyumna Reddy today. Dr Pradyumna Reddy has been helping patients suffering from shoulder pain and other ailments for over 6 years. He was trained in all basic & advanced radiology methods and became proficient in treating various ailments. He offers his services at a reasonable price so that anyone can afford them. To know more or to discuss your condition, schedule your appointment right away.