This procedure does not require surgery and is done to help provide chronic back pain relief to the patient. This procedure involves using the patient’s own blood platelets and injecting it into the back. The reason why the patient’s own blood platelets are used is that they are very concentrated in nature and can help stimulate the natural healing process of joints and soft tissues of the spine that are damaged.
Low back pain often occurs due to the tendons, ligaments, and joint capsules either being damaged or degenerating. It becomes further necessary that these soft tissues are treated immediately after surgery due to their limited blood supply and insufficient healing properties. 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 procedure begins, the patient’s back is sterilized and cleaned and then a local anesthetic is injected into the area in order to numb it. Another needle is then inserted into the targeted area 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 spine that may be damaged. This is done in order to help further stimulate the healing process of the tissue and ensure the joints are stabilized to their maximum ability.
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: improve 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.