At Oklahoma Pain Management we know that medical technology changes quickly and we want to make sure we offer our patients with cutting edge treatments.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
In the right conditions and when given the opportunity, the body has a unique way of being able to heal itself. With these injections, that is exactly what we are trying to do. PRP is produced from the patient’s own blood. It is a concentration of platelets, which are cells in the blood who’s function is to stop bleeding by clumping and clotting. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many growth factors that are required for healing.
The patient’s own blood is drawn and then put into a centrifuge, which is a tool that separates the blood allowing the sample to be concentrated. The platelet rich plasma can then be collected and re-injected into the injured area. These injections can be used to facilitate healing in tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, and various musculoskeletal problems
There are studies that show PRP treatment can improve healing in soft tissue and bone. These findings have led to the widespread use of PRP treatment for a variety of conditions, including acute and chronic tendon problems, as well as injuries to ligaments and muscles. In a small study involving knee osteoarthritis , PRP treatment was shown to be more effective than hyaluronic acid treatment. PRP has also resulted in positive or similar results when used in the treatment of rotator cuff tears and medical collateral ligament (MCL) injuries in the knee.
Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
These procedures are used to treat painful vertebral compression fractures in the spine, sometimes caused by Osteoporosis. When a vertebrae in the spinal column breaks, bone fragments slide or rub against each other causing a significant amount of pain. The purpose of the Vertrbroplasty and Kyphoplasty procedures is to solidify the vertebrae and hold the fragmented pieces together. By doing this the pain can be significantly decreases.
Although very similar, the two procedures do differ. In a Vertebroplasty a cement mixture is injected into the bone with a cement mixture to fuse the fragments, strengthen the vertebra and provide pain relief. In a Kyphoplasty a balloon is fist inserted into the vertebrae through the trocar where it is inflated to create a cavity for cement injection and is removed prior to the injection of cement. There are no incision sites, only needle sticks. Your doctor may chose to do a kyphoplasty over a vertebroplasy if they feel there is enough quality bone available. If the bone has lost too much density or is too flattened, then a vetebroplasty These procedures are designed to increase the patients overall functionality, decrease pain, and regain lost mobility.