Platelet Rich Plasma/PRP Specialist

Larisa N. Likver, MD -  - Pain Management Physician

Larisa N. Likver, MD

Pain Management Physician located in New York, NY & Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Likver offers ultrasound-guided platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment to patients in New York City, helping them to heal faster by tapping into the body's own natural healing processes.

Platelet Rich Plasma/ PRP Therapy Q & A

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment of a joint  - all performed under ultrasound guidance

Duration - 2 to 3 hours

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injection therapy is a revolutionary
non-surgical treatment option for conditions such as neck/ back pain, joint pain, ligament/tendon sprains and partial tears, etc.

Platelets (derived from a patient’s own blood and injected back into the compromised structures) function as a natural reservoir for growth factors that are essential to self-repair injured tissues. The growth factors that platelets secrete stimulate tissue recovery by increasing collagen production, enhancing tendon stem cell proliferation, and tenocyte-related gene and protein expression.

Not all PRP samples are created equal and the effectiveness of the
procedure greatly depends on the technique.

What is platelet-rich plasma, or PRP?

Platelets are tiny components of blood containing special proteins called "growth factors" that play an important role in the body's healing process. In PRP therapy, a sample of your blood is drawn and processed to concentrate platelets, then the concentrated blood is re-injected into your body to spur healing.

How is PRP made from my blood?

First, a small amount of your blood is drawn, just as it is when you undergo a blood test. The sample is placed in a special device that rapidly spins it to separate out the platelets and concentrate them. The resulting product – PRP – contains five times the normal number of platelets or more. Next, the PRP is re-injected into your body near the site of injury to help speed up the healing process and promote the generation of healthy bone and soft tissues.

How is PRP used?

PRP is used to treat a wide array of injuries, including:

  • golfer's or tennis elbow

  • tendinitis

  • muscle injuries

  • ligament injuries

  • damage due to osteoarthritis

  • joint injuries

PRP can also be used in some types of surgeries to help initiate early healing.

How does PRP trigger my body's healing response?

PRP works by sending “signals” directed at stimulating generation of new, healthy tissue at the site of injury. The precise mechanism of PRP is still being studied.

Are PRP injections safe?

Yes, PRP injections are completely safe, and because they're made of your own blood, there's no risk of allergic reaction or other complications. The entire procedure – from drawing your sample to preparing the PRP to re-injecting it – is performed right on site in a single office visit.

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