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Alternative To Steroid Injections Can Provide Long-Term Pain Relief

Posted Nov 13 2012 5:51pm

For those seeking relief from chronic pain due to tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or tennis elbow, platelet rich plasma injections may be a treatment option, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.

“A platelet rich plasma injection is an injection of the concentrated product of a patient’s own platelets designed to move growth factors into a chronic musculoskeletal problem to tell your body to heal the structure,” said Dr. John Harrell, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at BCM.

When people develop problems such as tendonitis or tennis elbow, the body is not healing the day-to-day deterioration in those areas. In this injection, a physician will draw a patient’s blood, put it in a centrifuge and spin it down to concentrate the platelets. They will then take that concentrated platelets and, guided by an ultrasound, inject it into the problem area. The platelets move into that area and release growth factors.


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