Finding solutions for chronic pain can seem frustrating, especially when you live with conditions like osteoarthritis. However, there’s an option that addresses pain in a different way, no surgery required.
Our team at Glaser Pain Relief Center offers the latest in comprehensive treatments at our practice in San Fernando Valley’s Encino, California. One therapy that’s been changing the field of pain management involves platelet-rich plasma — or PRP.
Do you have chronic pain? This month’s blog explains how this cutting-edge therapy could help you.
How PRP works
When something hurts, it’s natural to reach for a pain reliever. However, PRP takes a very different approach — its aim is to aid in healing the pain at the source.
Your body has a remarkable ability to repair damage. This process often goes unnoticed until you catch a cold, get a scrape, or undergo surgery. You end up on the mend because of specific cells in your body that work to regenerate tissue, trigger cell division, and activate the healing process.
And you can find some of these elements in your blood. The liquid part of your blood — or plasma — contains several components including platelets, which are best known for their ability to clot blood. However, platelets also facilitate the repair, regeneration, and healing of cells in an area with damage.
PRP therapy at Glaser Pain Relief Center harnesses these elements into a therapeutic injection of platelet-rich plasma. PRP contains the healing substances in your blood, but they’re up to 5-10 times greater in concentration than found normally in your body.
PRP and chronic pain
Concentrating these substances makes them a healing powerhouse when it comes to treating chronic pain. That’s because doctors can inject them right at the source, thereby:
- Triggering healthy new cell production
- Reducing inflammation
- Accelerating the healing process
Plus, as new cells return to the treatment site, you experience restored function and improved mobility in the area. On top of that, PRP alters pain receptors, naturally reducing pain sensations while you heal.
And because our team prepares PRP injections with your own blood, the injection comes with few risks or side effects.
When to consider PRP
If your pain condition hasn’t responded to medication and you’d like to avoid more invasive treatments, it could be time to try PRP. Our team recommends this treatment to help relieve numerous pain conditions, such as:
- Chronic back pain, neck pain, and joint pain
- Plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuroma
- Tendonitis and muscle strains
- Sports injuries
PRP treatments are straightforward. We draw your blood, create your PRP solution, and administer it in a single appointment. However, it can take 4-6 weeks for healthy cells to return to the area, so you won’t see results immediately.
Depending on your chronic pain condition, we could suggest a series of PRP injections over several months to help you achieve the best results.
Could PRP help relieve your chronic pain? Contact Glaser Pain Relief Center to schedule a consultation today.