Are you suffering from severe, long-lasting pain?
Our Pain Management Service is designed to help manage your chronic pain.
Some of our services may provide relief from pain for an unspecified amount of time. Consult with your doctor to find out if this form of treatment is right for you.
Understanding chronic pain
Any pain lasting more than 12 weeks can be considered chronic pain. It differs from acute pain, which is a normal sensation alerting us that something is wrong. Chronic pain can arise from an initial injury, but it can also have no apparent cause. It can limit a person’s movements and reduce flexibility, strength and stamina which can lead to difficulty in carrying out essential and enjoyable activities. The goal with treatment is to reduce pain and restore function.
Pain Management Options
- Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)
- Cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal facet injections
- hip injections
- shoulder injections
- miscellaneous joint injections
- sacroiliac injections
- lumbar medial branch blocks
- lumbar transforaminal and translaminar
- epidural blocks
- vertebral augmentation consultations
What is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) is a Pain Management procedure that stimulates the body’s normal healing process by using a patient’s own blood. The blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the blood cells from the platelets. The platelets are injected back into the patient at the site of injury or pain, which triggers a localized regeneration process, leading to a decrease in pain.
Who needs Platelet-rich Plasma?
There are multiple indications for PRP treatment in the setting of tendon/ligament injury and joint pain. Current evidence suggests that PRP is of benefit in treating patients with chronic knee arthritis and specific tendinous injuries such as epicondylitis (golfer’s or tennis elbow). PRP may provide longer relief from joint pain than conventional corticosteroid injections
Choosing CAMIS for PRP
Platelet-rich Plasma is not currently covered by Alberta health care. As a private service, we want to make sure you’re getting the best value for money, which is why our PRP therapy is done under image guidance.
Image guidance means that we can be confident that when we inject the PRP into the affected area, we’re getting it in the right spot every time.
Our staff have had dedicated, specific PRP therapy training so they can adequately care for you and your needs.
Costs and other FAQs
PRP therapy of joints starts at $450.00
PRP therapy of soft tissue starts at $700.00
If you have other PRP questions or concerns, please email:
Lindsey Painchaud, Manager, PRP, CAMIS firstname.lastname@example.org
What to Expect
When you arrive at the clinic, you will be taken to an exam room where you will watch a short video and have a discussion with a pain management radiologist.
A technologist will help you fill out a consent form.
A sample of blood will be drawn from your arm and placed in a centrifuge.
You will be positioned for the injection.
The radiologist will freeze the site and inject the PRP.
You will be given post-injection instructions before you leave.