Chronic pain affects the quality of life for more than 20% of American adults. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, you know how everything becomes a challenge—from carrying out your daily activities to getting enough rest at night.
At OasisMD Lifestyle Healthcare, our providers offer chronic pain management treatments for patients suffering from chronic pain in Encinitas, San Diego, and Temecula, California.
We are happy to offer groundbreaking platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, an all-natural, regenerative medicine treatment, as part of our chronic pain treatments. PRP helps reduce your pain and promotes your body’s natural healing processes.
Take a moment to find out more about PRP and why it’s become so popular.
You want a drug-free therapy
One of the top reasons PRP is gaining popularity so quickly is that it doesn’t use drugs or chemicals. Rather, PRP harnesses your body’s natural healing properties to relieve pain.
In your blood, there are disc-shaped cells called platelets that help your blood clot when you’re injured. Your wound signals to the platelets to flood the injured tissue, using a tentacle-like grasp to seal your blood vessels and prevent blood from moving through the injury.
Not only do platelets assist with clotting, but they also contain powerful growth factors. Once any bleeding is under control, the factors activate. Another time the factors activate is when you have a disease that impacts the health of your tissues.
Growth factors in platelets facilitate some key functions, such as:
- Stimulation of tissue regeneration
- Promotion of a healthy healing environment
- Regulation of cell division
When your tissues are diseased or injured, it’s really important to have a healthy healing environment. This is because platelets don’t work in isolations—they signal other cells and resources to come in and support your healing process.
During a PRP injection, your OasisMD provider draws a small amount of your blood. They then separate the platelets using a centrifuge, creating a solution that has 5-10 times more platelets than your blood naturally has.
Once the solution is ready, your provider injects the PRP solution into your targeted treatment area. The PRP injection reduces inflammation, easing your pain, and promotes the healing and repair of your tissues. This is how PRP addresses the underlying cause of your pain.
PRP injections are especially effective when combined with traditional treatments and therapies for managing chronic pain such as lifestyle changes (e.g., weight loss, diet improvement), massage therapy, physical therapy, prescriptive exercises, and more. Your provider develops a treatment plan that is right for you.
You want a safe treatment, no downtime required
Another great feature of PRP therapy that’s contributed to its popularity is the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. Your provider injects you only with the cells your body makes, so negative reactions to PRP are rare.
As with all medical injections, PRP injections come with a risk of injection, mild pain, and swelling. But at OasisMD Lifestyle Healthcare, we use sterile techniques when performing all our treatments to make sure you are safe and get effective care.
In addition to being safe, PRP injections don’t take long, with most treatments taking only 30-90 minutes. PRP therapy doesn’t require downtime, so you are free to resume your normal activities as soon as you leave the office.
You want to treat multiple conditions
PRP therapy helps thousands of people get relief from chronic pain each year. The pain that can be treated with PRP comes from many injuries and degenerative conditions, such as:
- Joint pain
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Arthritis pain
- Muscle pain and strains
- Tendon and ligament injuries
At OasisMD Lifestyle Healthcare, we use PRP therapy as a treatment for many conditions. To ensure you are a good candidate for PRP and create your personalized treatment plan, your provider evaluates your condition and medical history.
If you want to learn more about PRP therapy and if it’s right for you, now’s the time. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at the OasisMD Lifestyle Healthcare location nearest you.