Shoulder pain is disruptive and disabling for most of my patients. With recent advances in medicine, there are now new options for treating painful shoulder issues. Many of my patients ask about an alternative treatment for shoulder pain. Platelet-rich plasma therapy has gained promising results to help the body to decrease inflammation and to regenerate from an injury.
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP therapy is a relatively new treatment to eliminate pain caused by injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and osteoarthritis. PRP is obtained from the patient’s own blood using a machine called a centrifuge. Using the process provides a high concentration of platelets, the cells in the blood responsible for making clots. Platelets also have the ability to release molecules which can decrease inflammation and subsequently pain. PRP injections use the power of your platelets and growth factors to heal and repair damaged areas within the shoulder.
PRP injections stimulate the body's natural healing process, reducing inflammation, repairing damaged tissues, and reducing joint pain. Athletes often turn to PRP therapy to avoid surgery, or recover more quickly from surgery.1 PRP injections can be an effective way to help both athletes and weekend warriors heal quickly, and return to an active lifestyle.
PRP therapy is minimally invasive, and patients have short rehabilitation times. PRP injections are performed in our office and offer patients with shoulder pain exceptional alternatives to surgery.
In the shoulder, PRP is helpful for patients with partial thickness rotator cuff injuries, some labrum tears, arthritis, and bursitis.
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Dr. Amir Jamali, founder of the Joint Preservation Institute, is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in Northern California specializing in treatments for the knee, hip and shoulder.