Chronic pain can significantly impact the quality of your life and keep you hurting for several weeks, months, or years – depending on the severity and the level of management.
The effects of protein-blocking medications, steroids, immunosuppressants, and DMARDS usually wane off when used for the treatment of musculoskeletal issues. Even if they help to relieve immediate pain, the patient only realizes that the symptoms of the pain were only masked by these medications, with the underlying condition still progressing. This is why PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) is an ideal healing procedure for effective pain management.
What is PRP?
PRP is a simple and safe innovative technology that makes use of a patient’s cells through the release of proteins known as growth factors to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. PRP stimulates three important healing phases: inflammation (stimulating the tissue healing process), regeneration or proliferation (cell growth), and remodeling (which may involve absorbing old tissues and adding new ones). This treatment option triggers the intensive repair of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissues in the body
Why should you try PRP for pain management?
Platelets make up 6% of whole blood and it is mainly known for its blood clotting function. When there is a cut or injury, platelets create a plug to prevent excessive bleeding. Growth factors such as Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), and Transforming Growth Factor (TGF) are crucial to the repair and healing of body tissues. However, clinical research has revealed the effective application of PRP to speed up the healing process. Why should you try this treatment procedure? Here are three reasons.
PRP begins with drawing out your blood and spinning it in a centrifuge. After the spin, red and white cells and platelets are separated, with the platelets extracted and injected into the injured area. Hence, it makes use of your body’s material to stimulate healing processes. This entire procedure lasts about 45 minutes, after which patients can immediately continue their daily routine. The safety record is also excellent in all cases examined.
Helps the treatment of unresponsive chronic pain
Those who have previously used pain-reducing drugs or corrective surgery without reasonable improvement would find PRP especially effective. Through the use of precise, mild inflammation response around the damaged tissue, PRP is a holistic pain management procedure that ultimately helps to stimulate healing cascades as a result of its release of growth factors and natural expressions.
PRP works with the body’s natural response to injury and pain with the three healing phases – inflammation, hemostasis, and proliferation. As such, it does not aggravate the underlying injury by blocking the cell’s natural function as other pain-reducing medications are deigned to do. Platelet-Rich Plasma can help the body regenerate tissues, ligaments, muscles, and even bones. It mode of operation is similar to stem cells, although PRP has minimal dramatic effects and none of the side effects usually associated with stem cell treatments.