Do you have the ruins-your-morning, sticks-with-you-all-day, won’t-let-you-sleep kind of pain? Doctors call that chronic pain, and it’s an umbrella term to cover a plethora of conditions and causes. You may have tried conservative treatments, alternative medicine, and even medications, only to find out that nothing works. But if your chronic pain stems from soft tissue or nerve damage (the main causes of chronic pain), there’s hope for a better life in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
Dr. Jay Shah at the Samwell Institute for Pain Management specializes in getting to the bottom of chronic pain, treating the root cause(s), and relieving your symptoms so you can get back to a full and active life. He uses the most advanced technology in his state-of-the-art facilities, and, depending on the source of your chronic pain, he may be able to free you from the agony once and for all with PRP. Here’s what you need to know.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a nonsurgical, all-natural way to enhance your body’s own healing processes. It’s based on the fact that your blood contains healing substances, such as clotting and growth factors, and if you could tap into them, you’d be able to boost your recovery ability and reduce your pain.
PRP makes that possible.
Dr. Shah draws a small amount of blood from your arm and spins it at high speed in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets from the red and white blood cells. He then injects the concentrated serum of your platelets and plasma (the liquid part of your blood) into the site of your injury or the area where you’re experiencing pain.
The platelets go to work releasing growth factors that regenerate your damaged tissue. As the healing progresses, your pain subsides.
What PRP treats best
While PRP can address multiple pain sources, it’s not a good fit for all injuries and conditions. It works best on soft tissue damage such as ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and cartilage. Here are a few of the conditions that respond well to PRP:
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Muscle spasms
- ACL tears
- Runner’s knee
- Frozen shoulder
- Tendon tears
- Tissue damage after dislocation
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Damaged cartilage
This is only a partial list of the conditions PRP can improve. More and more people are finding relief through PRP as research continues to find new applications for the treatment. Dr. Shah may also recommend combining PRP with other effective treatments to address your unique symptoms and conditions, including: spinal cord stimulation, physical therapy, peripheral nerve stimulation, acupuncture, and cognitive behavioral therapy to name a few of the options.
Safety and efficacy of PRP
Because PRP uses your own blood and requires no surgery or drugs, it’s considered a very safe and effective tool in the treatment of chronic pain. Risks are minimal and side effects are nearly nonexistent.
The effects of PRP typically last four to six months, but sometimes they can last longer. PRP also has an advantage over injectable steroids in that it can be re-administered multiple times throughout the year, whereas epidural steroid injections, although effective, are limited to no more than three within a 12-month period.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain that won’t go away no matter what you and your doctor have tried, you might be a good candidate for PRP therapy. Call us or book a consultation online to meet with Dr. Shah and find out if PRP can help you become pain-free once again.