Back pain–particularly low back pain–is very common among Americans. In fact, about 8 out of every 10 people in the United States suffer from back pain at some time in their lives.
If you’re a statistic and in search of a safe, effective, and all-natural alternative to medications and surgery, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy could be just what you need. Read on to learn about PRP therapy, particularly how it works for back pain, its benefits, and its other applications.
PRP Therapy for Back Pain
Platelet-rich plasma therapy involves a qualified medical professional (usually a regenerative medicine or pain management specialist) drawing a sample of your own blood, spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and increase their concentration, and injecting the solution right into the diseased or injured area in your back.
Albeit the precise mechanisms of action of PRP are not completely understood, studies have shown that it contains an increased concentration of growth factors, which can speed up the healing process.
The precise number of treatment sessions you need depends on a number of factors, such as the underlying cause of your back pain, its severity, and your overall health. Generally, you can expect up to four sessions, two to three weeks apart, and you can notice considerable relief after your first or second session.
The Benefits of PRP Therapy
Because PRP therapy is autologous, meaning it is derived from your own body, there is little to no risk for allergic reactions or complications. PRP therapy also requires no downtime, so you can return to your usual routine after your treatment. You may, however, experience minimal bruising, swelling, and redness, which should subside within a few days.
In addition, PRP is versatile: it is not only used for treating the causes of back pain, but also for a wide range of musculoskeletal, cosmetic, and even male sexual problems, as stated below:
- Ligament injuries
- Cartilage tears
- Osteoarthritis (particularly in the knee)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Hair loss in both men and women
- Wrinkles and facial lines
- Erectile dysfunction
PRP Therapy at NIVA Health
At NIVA Health, our highly qualified physicians strive to keep abreast of the latest advances in regenerative medicine to stay true to our commitment to helping patients across the United States live well with—or even live free—their painful conditions the natural way.
If you want to find out whether you’re eligible for PRP therapy for your back problem, call our office near you to schedule an appointment with one of our providers. You may also fill out this form, and one of our staff members will contact you to confirm your visit. We look forward to serving you!