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Regenerative Medicine Solutions to Chronic Back and Neck Pain 

Chronic back and neck pain can be debilitating. A recent study by the National Institute of Health Statistics indicated that low back pain was the most common type of pain experienced by Americans (27%), followed by severe headache or migraine pain (15%), neck pain (15%) and facial ache or pain (4%). For many, the thought of living a life free of pain no longer exists. They either believe their pain can't be fixed or they are afraid of surgery so they allow the pain to continue untreated. What many people don't realize is that there is a non-surgical solution to chronic neck and back pain.

PRP injections along with stem cell therapy have proven to be a very effective way to treat not only back and neck pain but also optimize the healing process in knee, ankle, foot, hip, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries as well as osteoarthritis. But by now, you are probably wondering, what is PRP? We are glad you asked. Below is an over view of the process.

What is PRP?

—PRP is a method of concentrating platelets from your own blood which contain healing cells such as growth factors, stem cell signaling markers, and white blood cells. These cells are vital for tissue repair and regeneration. Platelet Rich Plasma is autologous (your body’s own) blood plasma with concentrated platelets. Typical concentrations in PRP are 5-10 times that found in blood. Platelets are small disk-shaped cell within your blood that contain natural sources of growth factors, proteins and cytokines that stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissues.

What are PRP Injections?

—Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are an emerging treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and joint arthritis. The PRP is injected directly into an injured area or arthritic joint to help repair and rebuild the damaged tissue. This accelerated healing process reduces pain, promotes increased tissue strength, and improves overall function.

What conditions does PRP treat?

—prp treatment for sports injuriesOsteoarthritis of Joints

  • —Knee
  • —Hip
  • —Shoulder
  • —Elbow

—Tendon and Sports Injuries

  • —Achilles tendon
  • —Rotator cuff tendons
  • —Biceps tendon
  • —Tennis elbow
  • —Golfer’s elbow
  • —Patellar tendon
  • —Shoulder bursitis
  • —Hip tendons/bursitis
  • —Plantar fasciitis

—Sacroiliac Joint pain/dysfunction

How does PRP work?

—Studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process. For example, a mixture of PRP and local anesthetic can be injected directly into inflamed tissue of a joint. Afterwards, the pain at the area of injection may actually increase for the first week or two, and it may be several weeks before the patient feels a beneficial effect.

Is PRP effective?

—Studies comparing both steroid injections and PRP therapy for tennis elbow determine in the short term, steroid injections were better. However, PRP therapy patients progressively improved and had better pain relief and function long-term.

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