PRP Therapy for Chronic Pain

About 20% of adults in the United States live in chronic pain. Many of these people rely on medications to stay active and make it through the day.

At Medical Wellness Group, our experienced chiropractor, James Appell, DC, knows how disruptive chronic back pain and neck pain can be. Dr. Appell specializes in providing the latest treatment services to minimize chronic pain, including regenerative medicine.

Let your body heal itself

Regenerative medicine uses substances naturally found in your body to trigger your own healing abilities. These substances include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells.

PRP

PRP is made from components in your blood. It contains growth factors that help your body produce new cells to replace those damaged by injuries or disease.

Stem cells

Stem cells work similarly to PRP, stimulating your body to produce new, healthy cells. However, these cells have the exceptional ability to regenerate into any type of cell you need to heal, including nerve cells, bone cells, and organ cells.

By injecting high concentrations of PRP or stem cells into the area where your pain occurs, Dr. Appell can help you heal from the inside out, reduce your reliance on pain medications, and lessen the likelihood you’ll need surgery to treat your condition.

The PRP therapy process

PRP therapy involves a two-step process that requires no incisions or anesthesia. To collect the PRP we use in your treatment, we draw a sample of your blood. Dr. Appell prepares the sample in a centrifuge, a device that quickly spins your blood to separate the PRP from other materials.

Dr. Appell injects the concentrated PRP into your body. Following a customized treatment plan, he can inject PRP into the area of your body where you have pain, such as your:

Following your treatment, you can return to your usual routine without many limitations. You should avoid strenuous activity for a few days to optimize the results of your treatments.

The long-term results PRP offers

PRP doesn’t provide immediate pain relief. Instead, it starts the process of internal healing by prompting your body to regenerate new, healthy cells to heal damaged ligaments, muscles, and tendons that contribute to your pain. PRP can also address chronic inflammation in your body that also plays a role in chronic pain.

Within four to six weeks of your PRP injections, you can expect a decrease in inflammation and pain that makes it easier to stay physically active.

Dr. Appell might also recommend a series of PRP injections to optimize your healing response. As your body continues producing new cells to replace damaged ones, you can enjoy the benefits of your healing for the long term.

In some cases, Dr. Appell can combine other treatment strategies, such as chiropractic care, to boost the efficiency of your body’s own ability to heal and help you live an active life.

To find out if you’re a candidate for PRP therapy to treat chronic pain, call Medical Wellness Group in Columbus, Ohio, or book a consultation with us online today.

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