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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Specialist

Rajmani Krishnan, MD -  - Interventional Pain Management

Island Interventional Pain Management

Rajmani Krishnan, MD

Interventional Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine Specialist located in Commack, NY

Your body's instinctive ability to heal itself can sometimes benefit from a helping hand. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an effective orthobiologic treatment that Rajmani Krishnan, MD, of Island Interventional Pain Management in Commack, New York, uses to boost your body's healing powers and repair long-standing musculoskeletal damage. To find out how you could benefit from PRP injections, call Island Interventional Pain Management or book an appointment online today.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Q & A

What is platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is one of several types of orthobiologics, which use substances from the human body to boost the natural healing process. PRP and treatments like stem cell therapy are often known as regenerative medicine due to their ability to promote healthy tissue growth.

The platelets in PRP come from your blood. They're essential for blood clotting to stop excessive bleeding when you’re injured. Platelets also contain growth factors — potent cells that initiate healing. 

Extracting platelets from your blood and injecting them into injured tissues amplifies healing, so you recover from injuries more quickly and completely.

What's the difference between PRP and stem cells?

PRP and stem cells are both orthobiologics that promote healthy new tissue growth. When you suffer an injury, platelets containing growth factors and stem cells arrive at the injury site to effect repairs.

While PRP comes from your blood, stem cells are extracted from your bone marrow or the fatty adipose tissues. There are also donated stem cell products available. They further differ in that stem cells change into the types of cells your body needs to make the repairs.

What can PRP treat?

Dr. Krishnan has achieved promising results with PRP for patients with injuries to the connective tissues and muscles. People who have degenerative disorders may also benefit from PRP injections. Conditions likely to improve after PRP therapy include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Sprained ankles
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprains
  • Arthritis

PRP has the potential to benefit many other conditions causing neck, back, and joint pain.

What does PRP therapy involve?

Before you can have a PRP injection, Dr. Krishnan needs to extract a blood sample from you. He puts the blood into a small machine called a centrifuge that spins so fast the blood separates. He then draws off the platelets and a little plasma ready for the injection.

Dr. Krishnan uses sophisticated imaging technology to view the path of the needle when he gives you the injection. This ensures the PRP gets to the center of the damaged area while not causing any unnecessary tissue damage. When the injection is over, you can go home.

You won't see instant effects from your PRP injection because your body needs time to make repairs. After a few weeks, you should notice an improvement; after several months, your pain is likely to be significantly less. Some patients need more than one PRP treatment.

To find out how orthobiologics like PRP could help relieve your musculoskeletal pain, call Island Interventional Pain Management today or book an appointment online.