How PRP Works and How It May Help Chronic Back Pain
There isn’t much more debilitating than chronic back pain. It can keep you from being effective at work. It can make it difficult to enjoy time with your family and friends, and it can limit your physical activity.
You’ve probably already tried a host of options in your quest to get rid of chronic back pain permanently. These might have included chiropractic care, back braces, anti-inflammatory medications, massage, and more. If you’re like most patients, the pain has always returned. You may even be considering a painful, expensive, and dangerous surgery just to put an end to it all.
However, you have one more alternative, one you’ve probably never even heard of. Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) can often put an end to chronic back pain, for good. Chronic back pain caused by muscle strain or degenerative conditions responds very well to this therapy.
Platelets are a body’s “first responders” to any injury. They carry “growth factors” which summon stem cells, allowing our body to regrow torn skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments – essentially allowing the body to heal itself. However, in many cases the body does not deliver enough platelets to promote total healing. After all, plasma only represents 1% of our blood make-up. It’s very easy for platelets to heal a small scrape, for example, but harder for them to heal a torn muscle.
That’s where we come in. We take your platelets, concentrate them, and deliver them directly to the affected area in a dose that is ten times higher than the doses your own body would deliver. They work the same way, but they work far more effectively. We deliver this injection with a small dose of anesthesia to reduce any pain. It’s low-risk, because we’re using elements that are already from your own body. We also use x-ray guidance to ensure the injection goes directly to the affected area with no complications.
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Often, we can completely eliminate back pain in three to seven injections. In many cases, patients feel a reduction in their pain right away, allowing them to reduce their reliance on pain medications. Contact our office to see if PRP therapy is the right solution to your chronic back pain.