For individuals who regularly experience chronic pain such as joint pain, living with discomfort or a limited range of motion becomes a way of life. Many people who live in pain want to put off surgery for as long as possible, but that is not the only option you have. Here at Dr. Golberg’s Brooklyn and New York offices, pain management is something we offer that can be an effective solution for everyone. We offer PRP therapy and physical therapy, which you can learn more about below, or contact us today to schedule your consultation!
PRP and PRF Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma, commonly referred to as PRP, is a non-operative, permanent solution for conditions such as arthritis and ligament/tendon sprains and tears. Utilizing the body’s natural healing process, PRP therapy is a concentration of platelets that are injected into the damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing. Platelets are rich in growth and healing factors which means, on average, an injured individual can get back to a pain-free life in four to six weeks.
The process for PRP therapy starts with a simple blood draw. The sample is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the rest of the components. The extracted PRP is then injected into the target areas, such as the hips or knees. There is little to no downtime associated with this treatment, which is why many individuals are opting for pain management before they consider surgery.
PRP was made popular by professional athletes and weekend warriors through its treatment of season-ending symptoms including swelling, stiffness, inflammation, tenderness, and pain.
Platelet rich plasma injections are most effective for the following conditions:
- Lumbar spine disc pain
- Rotator cuff injuries, including partial-thickness
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring and hip strains
- Knee sprains and instability
- Patellofemoral syndrome and patellar tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendonitis & plantar fasciitis
- Knee, hip, and other joint osteoarthritis
- Nerve entrapment syndromes, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction and pain
- Lumbar and cervical facet dysfunction and pain
Additionally, PRP can be effective for many cases of osteoarthritis by stimulating healing of cartilage and reducing pain and disability. This includes:
- Knee arthritis
- Hip joint arthritis
- Shoulder arthritis
- Ankle arthritis
PRF, also known as platelet-rich fibrin, is very similar to PRP. Both of these substances contain a high concentration of platelets that store growth factors and cytokines. The main difference between the two is the fibrin factor in PRF. The fibrin network in PRF is structured in such a way that more cytokines and growth factors can be stored, which allows for greater healing in the area. Cell migration is another factor that comes with PRF, as well as proliferation, so you can expect more efficient wound healing and pain management.
Many individuals could benefit greatly from physical therapy before needing to consider more drastic treatments and procedures. If you are interested in effective pain management that is designed to fit your needs, we encourage you to consider physical therapy with Dr. Golberg.
Depending on the reason for treatment, the benefits of physical therapy include:
- Pain management with reduced need for opioids
- Avoiding surgery
- Improved mobility and movement
- Recovery from injury or trauma
- Recovery from stroke or paralysis
- Fall prevention
- Improved balance
- Management of age-related medical problems
A healthcare provider or physical therapist can advise individuals about the benefits specific to their personal medical history and their need for treatment.
Dr. Golberg has been helping patients get back on their feet and live a pain-free life. Pain management is an integral part of that process, which is why we invite you to visit one of our offices in Brooklyn or New York to learn more about your options. A personalized treatment plan can be designed for you, so you know you are getting the attention and care that you need. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!