PRP Specialist

Richard Firshein, D.O. -  - Integrative Medicine

Firshein Center

Richard Firshein, D.O.

Integrative Medicine located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

You don’t have to rely on risky medications to manage chronic pain; advanced therapies like PRP can offer more natural solutions. At the Firshein Center on the Upper East Side of New York City, Dr. Richard Firshein focuses on providing effective pain management by identifying and treating the source of your discomfort, not just masking your symptoms. To learn more about precision medicine powered by experience and technology, like PRP, call the Firshein Center, or schedule an appointment online today.

PRP Q & A

What is platelet-rich plasma therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a cutting-edge form of regenerative medicine that harnesses the powerful vital growth factors in your blood to heal damage in your body.

Your blood contains red and white cells, plasma, and platelets. Platelets not only have clotting agents that stop your bleeding after an injury, but they also contain growth factor proteins that help you heal.

PRP concentrates all of these healing agents in your blood to provide pain relief and injury recovery.

How does platelet-rich plasma therapy treat chronic pain?

Damage, degeneration, and inflammation are the most common causes of chronic pain. Regenerative medicine therapies, like PRP, work to relieve chronic pain by repairing the damaged tissue at its source.

After drawing your blood, it’s concentrated during a spinning process in a centrifuge machine. Your provider injects these cells directly into the injured location of your body to trigger the natural healing process. As your immune system activates, healthy cells start multiplying to repair and rebuild the damaged tissue.

As your body heals, your pain diminishes, and you experience increased movement and function in the area.

What conditions does PRP treat?

Dr. Firshein often recommends platelet-rich plasma therapy for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions that haven’t responded to conservative treatments, including:

  • Ligament and muscle injuries
  • Osteoarthritis pain, especially in the hip and knee
  • Tendon problems, like tendinitis
  • Lower back pain
  • Conditions like runner or jumper’s knee and plantar fasciitis

PRP can also accelerate the healing time of certain injuries, like torn rotator cuffs and ACL tears.

What can I expect during PRP treatment?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy treatments are simple procedures performed on-site at the Firshein Center where they provide premium services and connectivity. After preparing your PRP sample, your provider injects it directly into your pain site.

Once administered, you might experience mild discomfort and swelling at the injection site, but this is normal and usually fades within a week as your body’s natural healing process begins. Over the next few weeks, you can expect your pain and inflammation to subside as new and healthy tissue regenerates in the area. It’s also common for your range of motion to increase.

Depending on your condition and overall health, Dr. Firshein may recommend a series of PRP injections to provide maximum results.

Call the Firshein Center, or schedule an appointment online today.

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