Platelet lysate is made by drawing a small amount of your blood. That blood is then sent to our lab to be spun down in a centrifuge. This separates the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells, making platelet rich plasma (PRP). The PRP is then frozen and spun down again. This increases the platelet concentration and splits the platelets open, releasing your own growth factors necessary for healing. We then add a very small amount of dexamethasone. The amount of anti-inflammatory is almost 1 million times less than is normally used.
How is the PL/Dex for Epidurals Performed?
PL/Dex treatment is an injection. You are given a local anesthetic. The actual treatment only takes a few minutes.
How long does it last?
The procedure provides different amounts of relief for different people. Some people will not need another treatment, while some may need another treatment several weeks to several months later.
What can be treated with PL/Dex?
A host of painful conditions can be treated with PL/Dex. These include: neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain, knee pain and others.
How is PL/Dex different than a standard epidural?
PL/Dex is administered just like a standard epidural. The difference is what is being injected. Platelet lysate and dexamethasone help the body’s natural healing process instead of using a high dose steroid.
What happens after the procedure?
Refrain from strenuous activities for 48 hours. After that, you can return to normal activity. Just listen to your body.