If You Suffer from High Impact Chronic Pain, Consider PRP Therapy

High Impact Chronic pain is pain that has lasted 3 months or longer and is accompanied by at least one major activity restriction, such as being unable to work outside the home, go to school, or do household chores. These people report more severe pain, more mental health problems, and cognitive impairments, more difficulty taking of themselves, and higher health care use than those who have chronic pain without these activity restrictions.

High Impact Chronic pain is a common problem. The CDC estimates that between 11% and 40% of US adults experience chronic pain. The issues surrounding chronic pain are numerous and varied. It can impact mobility, careers, relationships, and quality of life as well as lead to dependence on opioids. 

High Impact Chronic pain can last from a few months to a few years, with long-term effects possibly leading to mental health issues such as low self-esteem and depression. You can imagine that people who experience chronic pain would be interested in trying or learning about treatment options to help them return to a healthy, active, and pain-free life. 

One new treatment that’s safe, effective, and gaining popularity are regenerative forums of  PRP therapy, also called platelet-rich plasma or stem cell therapy. Our team at Michigan Neurology Associates & PC has put together this guide to help you understand more about PRP and its benefits. 

What is PRP therapy?

PRP is a type of cutting edge regenerative medicine. The therapy helps accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. During a PRP session, the provider draws your blood and then spins that blood in a centrifuge.

This spinning, also called centrifugation, separates the platelets from other parts of the blood. This platelet concentration, rich with proteins and growth factors, is then injected back into your body near the site of your pain or injury. This procedure helps do what the body does naturally, but in a concentrated and accelerated fashion. 

Treating chronic pain with PRP

Chronic pain can affect different areas of your body, including your back, knee, shoulder, elbow, and head. It also comes in various forms. You may experience sporadic sharp pain, a constant dull ache, general stiffness, or aches and pains when you perform a certain movement or activity. 

PRP may help with pain caused by arthritis, degenerated discs, ligament or muscle strains, or even help speed up healing from surgery. Because PRP is made of your own blood, there are few side effects other than minor pain at the injection site.

After PRP therapy, patients usually start to feel better within four to six weeks, with pain relief increasing over the next several months. The number of PRP therapy treatments needed will depend on your pain issues. Another benefit of PRP therapy is that it can reduce your need for anti-inflammatories and pain medications such as opioids. 

If you’re suffering from chronic pain, learn how you can find relief and return to a pain-free lifestyle. For more information on PRP and to find out if you’re a good candidate for PRP therapy, call Michigan Neurology Associates & PC.  

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