Similar to the platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection treatment for chronic back pain procedure, this procedure is done to treat whiplash injuries which are most often the result of car accidents. This procedure also requires the use of the patient’s own blood platelets which help to promote the natural healing process of damaged structures which include tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.
The procedure commences with blood being drawn from the patient and then broken down into different components such as platelets, white blood cells, red blood cells, and plasma. A minute amount of plasma is removed while the remaining portion is mixed in with the concentrated platelets, producing a solution that is concentrated in nature. A syringe then is brought in and filled up with this solution.
Before the injection is done, the neck is first sterilized and cleaned with antiseptic solution. Local anesthetic may be first injected in order to reduce the pain the patient may experience during the procedure. Another needle is then inserted into the neck (with the assistance of a fluoroscope) and the plasma is injected into the area containing the damaged tissues. In addition to this specific injection, it may be necessary for further injections to take place in other skeletal structures around the neck that may be damaged. This is done in order to help further stimulate the healing process of the tissue.
The plasma substance released into the damaged areas will promote and mobilize stem cells to aid in the healing process once special white blood cells (known as macrophages) removed the cells that are damaged. The healing process is accelerated in nature as the effects are threefold: improved joint functionality, tissue strength is amplified, and pain is reduced.
The procedure from beginning to end usually takes approximately 1 hour to complete and the patient can be released on the same day. Patients can expect to fully recover from the procedure within one week. In some cases, patients may need 3-4 more treatments before the damaged tissues are fully healed.