5 Types of Pain that PRP Has Shown to be Effective in Reducing and Even Eliminating
Chronic pain can be debilitating for patients. According to health economists, chronic pain costs our nation more than $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity – more than Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes combined. Painkillers have been the only relief medication in modern history. That’s changing with Platelet-Rich Plasma. It has emerged as one of the front runners in pain management.
Platelet-Rich Plasma has the power to restore pleasure and normalcy for patients overshadowed by pain. It’s certainly a better option for those who’re getting by on 4 or 5 Advils a day and wondering what the long term effects might be.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections are totally safe. The PRP, prepared by centrifuging the patient’s blood in a special blood tube, works via a two-step process. First the injections, often guided by ultrasound, breaks up the tissues and second, the Growth Factors in the PRP help rebuild the entire tissue. This produces a healing effect and diminishes pain.
Here are 5 widespread kinds of pain that can be managed with Platelet-Rich Plasma.
It’s been well documented that a couple of Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections can generate a huge effect for Arthritis patients. It has the ability to:
- Reduce inflammation, thereby decreasing degeneration
- Promote cartilage formation.
- Activate lubricating fluid production.
These activities in the affected site diminishes pain sensation.
As a long term effect, Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections tend to preserve the joints in more than 70 percent of the cases – as reported by a landmark study in 2013. Recent studies have reported comparable results. They discovered that a 2 or 3 injection treatment over a period of 4-6 weeks with Platelet-Rich Plasma does more benefit that similar injection treatments with either Corticosteroids or Hyaluronic Acid. Furthermore, the cartilage degeneration was drastically diminished even for patients in advanced stages of Osteoarthritis.
The researchers also determined that repeating the injections after 6 months ensured better results.
Platelet-Rich Plasma is one heck of a marvelous treatment whose healing potential is steadily increasing and seems like it’s only limited by the Physician’s imagination. The most recent of those new discoveries is in the field of nerve regeneration and the resulting neuropathic pain. Nerve fibers consisting of neurons are very delicate structures and not much has been discovered about its operating mechanism. But recently, Platelet-Rich Plasma have been shown to promote the restoration of nerve fibers.
In a study conducted at Hasanuddin University in Indonesia, Platelet-Rich Plasma was successful in nerve regeneration for patients with Leprosy Peripheral Neuropathy – a situation where all traditional treatments have failed. Which means PRP Injections are effective in restoring sensations when it has been lost. This is extraordinary news.
Then there is another study completed in Greece that demonstrates extremely encouraging mid-term results regarding PRP for treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
All of this indicates that neuropathic pain can be eased by Platelet-Rich Plasma. This paper by a researcher at the University of Puerto Rico analyses how Platelet-Rich Plasma has been able to eliminate neuropathic pain. He reports that PRP’s ability to encourage axon regeneration is the key.
Chronic Back Pain
Chronic Back Pain and Sciatica are mysterious conditions and Physicians typically have a difficult time determining the cause. They first thing they do is to scan the lower back area for defects. When they find one, they’ll recommend surgery to correct that defect even though they have no idea if that defect is actually the cause of the pain. When they can’t find any defects, they end up baffled and send the patient away with some Advil.
In a spine health forum, a patient explains his situation which was similar. His Physician suspected the tears in L4-L5 spine segment to be the causing the pain. But there were minor tears and bulges everywhere, so the physician was baffled. The patient had to take 8 Advils a day. Unable to continue with that, the patient hesitantly tried Platelet-Rich Plasma injections. He went from being unable to sit back in office or drive in a car (even with those medications) to stopping the medications altogether and going on a family trip overseas. Truly a positive shift.
Another patient on the same forum describes how she received PRP Injections for chronic pain in the cervical spine, and has been pain-free for 2 years.
These patient testimonials are supplemented by clinical studies like this where the patients not only had experienced near complete pain relief but also were able to maintain those results for 2 years. This is remarkable for a degenerative disease, a condition that degrades over time. Here is another study completed in China and another one by Japanese researchers.
In addition to back and knees, almost all other joints are being treated with Platelet- Rich Plasma. As the science of PRP progresses, the treatment is rapidly gaining popularity with more and more patients requesting it from their Physicians. After all, the procedure is incredibly straightforward and is easily understood by most. The Physicians hardly need to explain the benefits before the patient enthusiastically accepts.
Consequently, Doctors prescribe Platelet-Rich Plasma for any case of chronic bursitis – in areas like fingers, elbow, toes, hip, shoulders, neck, wrist, ankle, and hip – and the results are usually positive.
Moreover, Platelet-Rich Plasma can be – and must be – prescribed for more than 50 percent of the musculoskeletal issues that are usually treated with surgery or steroid injections.
Surgical pain relief is one of the newer areas where Platelet-Rich Plasma is being used. This is principally to take advantage of the wound-healing and bone regeneration facets of PRP, but pain-relief is a very distinct beneficial outcome. Some medical perfusionists recommend Platelet-Rich Plasma after almost all surgeries including Neurosurgery, Tumor Removal surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Head and Neck Surgeries, Reconstructions and Cosmetic Surgery, Orthopedic/Spinal Surgery, Hand and Foot Surgery, Bone Graft Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Bariatric Surgery.
By expediting the time it takes to heal from the wounds of surgery, Platelet-Rich Plasma plays an essential role in assisting patients get productive as soon as possible. And when administered in conjunction with surgery, Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections are almost always paid for by the insurance provider covering the surgery.