Page Updated on Sep 7, 2020 by Dr. Reyfman (Pain Management Specialist) of Pain Physicians NY

Pain Physicians NY is one of the first practices to offer lumbar intradiscal PRP injections in Brooklyn for patients suffering with low back pain that stems from the intervertebral discs. Discogenic pain often originates from a damaged vertebral disc, sometimes resulting from degenerative disc disease.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

PRP InjectionsPRP therapy is an FDA approved injection procedure that uses the body’s own cells to repair injury and reduce inflammation. During a Platelet Rich Plasma procedure in Brooklyn, a small sample of blood is taken from the patient. This sample is then placed in a centrifuge where the PRP cells are isolated. Once isolated, these naturally restorative cells are then multiplied. After a sufficient number of cells (in the millions) are captured, the plasma is then reintroduced to the site of injury or pain via injection. This PRP injection insures the cells are applied directly to the underlying cause of your pain.

Once these cells have be reintroduced the natural healing process is expedited. This PPR therapy in Brooklyn is performed on an outpatient basis and requires no anesthesia.

Athletes including Kobe Bryant, Brandon Roy, and Tiger Woods have traveled as far as Germany to undergo these therapies. Now, the team at Pain Physicians NY have brought these PPR therapies to Brooklyn.

What is PRP?

 intradiscal PRP injectionsPlatelet-rich plasma, or PRP, injection is a procedure in which we use your own blood to treat a painful condition. A small amount of blood is drawn and then placed in a centrifuge for processing. Much of the plasma and red blood cells are removed to obtain a high concentration of platelets which hold the growth factors used to promote healing.

We then inject your own platelet-rich plasma back into the specific area causing your pain. Studies have shown that PRP releases a high concentration of growth factors and even stimulates stem cells which help to heal injured or degenerated tissues.

What is an intradiscal PRP injection?

Up to about half of chronic low back pain is felt to stem from the intervertebral disc, specifically from small tears in the outer portion of the disc. This is often referred to as “discogenic pain.” Intradiscal PRP is a procedure in which we use platelet-rich plasma in hopes of healing the disc tissue.

What occurs during the intradiscal PRP procedure?

intradiscal-prp-procedureImmediately prior to the treatment, your blood will be drawn and processed. Some patients are given oral or IV sedation at their request before the spinal injection portion of the procedure. The region to be injection is numbed with a local anesthetic. Under x-ray guidance, a needle is placed into the disc or discs that are felt to be causing your pain. A small amount of contrast dye, antibiotic, and anesthetic is injected into the disc. The PRP previously prepared from your own blood is then injected into the disc.

All of this is performed in our office. Although the spinal procedure itself takes about 30 minutes, the entire process takes about 1-2 hours.

Would intradiscal PRP Therapy help me?

We begin the process by determining if we feel your pain is likely coming from the intervertebral disc. We make this determination from your:

  • Clinical history
  • Physical exam
  • Imaging
  • Other diagnostic tests

Research has shown that Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is likely helpful for conditions in other areas of the body with similar structural makeup as intervertebral discs. Studies have shown that PRP therapies promote tissue regeneration when injected into other areas of the body. Lumbar intradiscal PRP therapy we use in all our locations including Brooklyn can heal a painful disc and may be a viable alternative for lumbar injections or, in some cases, surgery.

PRP is an FDA-approved, minimally-invasive and less costly option compared to surgery.

What are the main purposes of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy?

Platelet Rich Injections are normally done to treat torn tendons, tendinitis, muscle injuries, joint injuries and arthritis-related pain. It should be also said that PRP injections are becoming more common for cosmetic procedures too. For instance, PRP injections can be used to treat androgenic alopecia, which is a type of hair loss.

Do PRP injections work?

Studies show that this type of injections speeds healing after injury or surgery for certain conditions such as torn tendons. Other studies prove that PRP injections curb pain and boost mobility for people with cuff injuries. You can always contact our platelet rich plasma brooklyn specialists to determine whether this injection will be effective for managing your problem.

Which steps should I take before getting PRP injections?

Before you start getting PRP injections it is necessary to stop taking certain medications that thin your blood. These include ibuprofen and aspirin. It might be also required to take a break from certain supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids. Our PRP specialist can give you more information about what you need to do to get ready for these shots.

The most advanced pain management center, Brooklyn back pain management doctors and specialists at Pain Physicians NY offer unique, individualized approach to manage your pain. We are using the most effective back pain management options including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections, latest PPR therapy and utilizing the newest technologies available in USA. 

Pain Management Brooklyn
2279 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 998 – 9890

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26 Court Street, #309, Downtown Brooklyn, NY 11242
(718) 998 – 9890