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January 19, 2019 Health and Wellness0

 

Anywhere from 11% to 40% of American adults suffer from chronic pain.

 

The most common type of pain is back pain. In the US, 80% of adults will experience back pain at some point in their life. But is there anything you can do to get relief?

 

There are a number of conventional methods for treating back pain – but none are guaranteed and some are incredibly invasive. But stem cell therapy is a relatively new back pain treatment that offers promising results.

 

If you’re suffering from back pain, read on to learn more about the benefits of stem cell therapy for your condition.

 

7 Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain

 

Stem cell therapy is also known as regenerative medicine. It uses stem cells to repair diseased, dysfunctional, and/or injured tissue.

 

When it comes to back pain, anything that brings relief is welcome. But below we’ve listed the top 8 benefits of stem cell therapy specifically for back pain.

 

1. Stem Cell Therapy Is a Holistic Approach

 

Stem cell therapy repairs damaged discs and facet joints to restore mobility and function. Stem cells rehydrate the tissue and have the potential to significantly reduce chronic pain. And they do all this using the cells produced by your own body.

 

The therapy harvests bone marrow aspirate cellular concentrate (BMAC) from your own body. The BMAC concentrate is then re-injected into the area treatment area.

 

The injections involved in stem cell therapy don’t involve any chemicals or anything synthesized. In fact, there’s no risk of allergic reaction or rejection because your own stem cells are being used.

 

2. Stem Cell Treatment Carries Little Risk

 

In a stem cell therapy procedure, a long needle extracts bone marrow from the hip or fat cells of the patient. In order to identify and remove the primitive cells used in the therapy, the bone marrow is then spun in a centrifuge.

 

Those specific primitive stem cells are then re-injected into the area being treated. The stem cells help stimulate collagen production and healing in the disc or joint.

 

It’s important that a highly trained physician administers the therapy. The placement of the needle into the vertebral disc or facet joint is a precise procedure that requires professional expertise and experience.

 

As long as the therapy is performed by a qualified physician, there is very little risk. However, it’s possible that the injection can cause infection, bleeding, or nerve damage. 

 

3. Treat Disc Degeneration

 

The most common cause of back pain is disc degeneration and herniation. Disc degeneration and herniation are commonly caused by aging. But they can also be caused or exacerbated by Degenerative Disc Disorder, arthritis, and injury.

 

Disc degeneration is when the cells that make up the disc’s structure are continually being lost. As healthy cells are damaged and hydration is lost, tears can also occur in the disc. The result of disc degeneration is decreased mobility and function, stiffness, weakness, and pain. 

 

Stem cell therapy reinjects your adult stem cells into the damaged disc. The stem cells restore the height of the disc as well as hydration. The result is less pain and restored mobility.

 

4. Treat Facet Joint Dysfunction

 

The spinal facets joints are found on the back of either side of each spinal segment. Facet joint dysfunction can cause pain anywhere along the spine but it’s most commonly associated with neck and back pain. It’s usually caused by traumatic injuries such as whiplash as well as sport-related injuries.

 

Facet joint dysfunction can affect mobility and function. It can lead to stiffness, weakness, as well as pain.

 

Like treating disc degeneration, stem cell therapy treats facet joint dysfunction with your own adult stem cells. These are injected into damaged joints in order to restore their structure and alleviate symptoms.

 

5. Recover from Acute and Sub-Acute Injuries Faster

 

While stem cell therapy is mostly associated with treating chronic pain from degenerative discs, dysfunctional facet joints, and sciatica, it also shows promise for acute and sub-acute injuries. By using stem cells in the acute stages of an injury, recovery times can be significantly improved. 

 

6. Stem Cell Therapy Is Minimally Invasive

 

The first line of treatment for back pain and herniated discs is exercise and weight loss and physical therapy. Doctors may prescribe anti-inflammatories and pain medications.

 

When these treatments don’t work and the pain becomes too much, the last option is invasive spinal surgery. These involve general anesthesia and physical rehabilitation.

 

Spinal surgeries aren’t guaranteed to fully relieve symptoms. It’s not uncommon for patients to continue to experience pain and reduced mobility after spinal surgery. But stem cell therapy offers an alternative treatment that’s minimally invasive.

 

7. Stem Cell Treatment Offers Quick Relief

 

Some individuals experience relief from back pain after 1 stem cell therapy treatment of 2 to 3 injections. While most people see results within 3 months of receiving the therapy, others will feel the benefits sooner.

 

Are You Looking for Pain Relief?

 

The majority of American adults will experience some form of back pain in their life. Whether caused by degeneration, herniation, injury, or arthritis, the benefits of stem cell therapy are many.

 

Stem cell therapy has the potential to relieve pain and restore mobility. This holistic approach to treating chronic pain uses your own cell’s to restore damaged tissue and activate the healing process.

 

If you’re suffering from pain, read more about your treatment options on our blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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December 26, 2018 Health and Wellness0

Are you one of the 50 million American adults who struggles with chronic pain?

If your pain is brought on by arthritis, a herniated disc, neuropathy, or another chronic health condition, you might be able to benefit from trigger point injections. 

Never heard of this procedure before? Keep reading.

Everything you need to know about the trigger point injection procedure is explained below.

What Are Trigger Point Injections?

First things first, let’s clarify what the trigger point injection procedure is.  

In order to define trigger point injections, we first need to define trigger points. Trigger points are simply small knots that form in the muscles or the connective tissue (also known as the fascia) that surrounds the muscles.

You might not realize you have these knots until someone presses on them – they’re often tender or painful to the touch.

The trigger point injection procedure involves the insertion of a needle through the skin and into these trigger points.

By doing this, physicians are able to deliver an anesthetic solution directly into the trigger point. This, in turn, forces the trigger point to relax.

Conditions Treated by Trigger Point Injections

Trigger point injections can treat the pain associated with a wide range of health conditions.

People who suffer from the following conditions frequently seek this treatment to relieve their pain and discomfort:

  • Chronic pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal compression fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease

A trigger point injection typically addresses pain in the arms, legs, neck, and lower back. 

Ideal Candidates for Trigger Point Injections

Most people struggling with pain can benefit from trigger point injections. The following individuals are typically considered to be ideal candidates:

  • Those who experience severe muscle spasms
  • Those who have previously experienced trauma to the affected area
  • Those who have a history of tension headaches or chronic muscle tension

Trigger point injections typically work best for people who experience pain and tension in a specific area, rather than those who experience widespread, non-specific pain.

To determine whether or not this treatment is suitable, physicians may perform an examination of the areas in which the patient experiences pain.

If they notice the presence of tender points or a “jump sign,” they may recommend injections. A “jump sign” is any kind of involuntary reaction to pain (flinching, wincing, crying out, etc.)

Are There Any Risks Associated with Trigger Point Injections?

In addition to being highly effective, trigger point injections are also very safe. The risk of complications is quite low.

In fact, the only side effects one typically experiences is some soreness or numbness at the site of the injection. In rare cases, an individual might experience bleeding or infection at the injection site.

The more serious side effects typically affect individuals who suffer from bleeding disorders or take anticoagulants. 

The only people who should not receive these injections are pregnant women and patients at a higher risk of infection.

Those who are allergic to anesthetic agents also should not receive this treatment. These same individuals may be able to benefit from dry needling. This procedure involves inserting a needle without injecting any kind of solution into the trigger point.

Who Can Perform the Procedure?

A trigger point injection must be administered by a trained and qualified medical professional.

Several types of physicians are able to perform these injections, including the following:

  • Family medicine doctors
  • Obstetricians
  • Rheumatologists

All of these doctors can perform this treatment, but it’s typically offered in pain management clinics. Doctors who specialize in treating patients with chronic back, neck, or joint pain may also offer it.

If possible, try to seek out treatment from one of these individuals. They have more experience in caring for those who suffer from chronic pain.

What to Expect during the Procedure

It’s okay if the idea of trigger point injections makes you a bit nervous. Sometimes, knowing what to expect from a treatment can help put your mind at ease and give you the confidence you need going into the procedure.

During a typical session, the physician will insert a small needle into specific trigger points. The injection contains a local anesthetic solution. It may also contain a corticosteroid for additional pain relief and reduced inflammation.

The injection renders the trigger point inactive and forces the muscle to relax, relieving pain and tension. 

Most of the time, the treatment takes just a few minutes. You may receive multiple injections at once. 

After the injections, your physician will likely recommend that you perform stretching exercises. This will further enhance the results of the treatment. 

How Much Downtime Is Required?

There is very little downtime associated with trigger point injections.

On the day of the injections, it’s best to limit your physical activity as much as possible. This is especially true if you experience any soreness at the injection site.

You should be able to get back to your regular activities (including stretching) the following day. 

How Long Do Results Last?

The results of trigger point injections can last for several days or for several months depending on the severity of your pain. On average, the relief lasts for several weeks at a time.

Some patients receive just one round of injections and are totally fine from then on.

If you decide to continue receiving these injections, you’ll work with your physician to create a schedule so that you can get injections as often as you need. 

Are You Interested in Trying This Procedure?

As you can see, there are lots of reasons to consider giving trigger point injections a try. They’re safe, effective, and come with very few risks. 

Do you want to learn more about this procedure?

If so, contact us at Garden State Medical Center and schedule an appointment with one of our pain specialists today.

During your appointment, we’ll go over your symptoms and help you determine whether or not these injections are a good pain management option.


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October 31, 2018 Health and Wellness0

Did you know there are a number of practical applications of stem cells for healthcare?

The term “stem cell” is so controversial that many people forget to learn what stem cells are. Most people know about Dolly the cloned sheep, but they don’t know much else.

You don’t have to be a biologist to understand how important and innovative stem cells and stem cell treatments are. Let’s go over some types of stem cells and how they can be used to better our health.

What Are Stem Cells?

Having a basic understanding of what we mean by stem cells is important for understanding the different types.

Our entire body is made up of building blocks called cells. These cells are different based on type and location in the body.

For example, your skin cells are designed to work as a skin cell and can only replicate to become a skin cell. A muscle cell, on the other hand, performs muscle functions and can only replicate to become muscle cells.

But stem cells are different: they have the ability to become and to function as many different types of cells. Essentially, stem cells are defined by being undefined.

Types of Stem Cells

The above definition is true for all stem cells. However, there are key differences between different types of stem cells found in the body.

Embryonic Stem Cells

Embryonic stem cells are the most relevant for regenerative therapy and stem cell research. They also happen to be the most controversial.

As the name suggests, these stem cells are found in embryos. They will create all of the cells in a functioning embryo, eventually forming an entire working body.

These cells can become any and all cell types found in the body.

Since these cells can become any cell type, embryonic stem cells are a hot topic for research. People hope to one day use these cells to create full organs for transplant and other cutting-edge healthcare applications.

These are the most controversial type of stem cell to use for healthcare which is why there is currently limited applications for the use in humans.

Somatic Stem Cells

The most common type of stem cell used in stem cell therapy and treatments are somatic stem cells. These stem cells are also called “tissue-specific” and “adult” stem cells. Doctors use these in over 75% of stem cell therapy.

While these types of stem cells can form various cell types, they aren’t able to become any cell as embryonic stem cells can. Typically, somatic stem cells will only be able to specialize into a more specific cell type for the area, tissue, or organ they’re localized in.

Let’s look at blood stem cells as an example. These stem cells can form different types of blood cells. White blood cells, platelets, and red blood cells are some examples. But, they aren’t able to become a skin cell. However, these stem cells are important in current everyday treatment for many blood cancer related diseases. By providing a stem cell transplant, often various forms of leukemia can be cured.

These are harder to harvest compared to embryonic stem cells, and they don’t culture as easily in the lab. Doctors use these types of stem cells to heal injuries, speed up recovery, and treat blood disorders.

Cord-Blood Stem Cells

Cord blood stem cells come from where you’d think with a name like that: the umbilical cord. These are an example of somatic stem cells. This is because stem cells in cord blood are blood stem cells.

However, cord blood stem cells are much easier to harvest and store for use compared to regular somatic stem cells. They’re located in huge concentrations in the umbilical cord, and doctors can easily get the blood from the cord after birth.

These cells are used to treat leukemia, immune disorders, and other illnesses involving blood and the immune system. There’s also evidence to suggest that using cord blood leads to fewer complications than other types of stem cells. In order to get these cells, a special kit is used during the time of birth. There are many commercial companies that will then store that blood for future use. This is only an option if saved during the time of birth.

Human Designed Stem Cells

Human-designed stem cells, called iPS, are a product of engineering and human design. Scientists have discovered a way to take any cell and turn them into stem cells.

This is a huge innovation. Instead of harvesting from embryos, finding somatic stem cells, or harvesting from cord blood, we can take any type of cell and make it into the stem cell we want.

This is still a new technology and is far from fool-proof. But the potential to cure disease, treat illness, and change medicine is exciting (and not far off!).

Stem Cells and Pain Management

Chronic pain sufferers often have issues with inflammation, damaged tendons, and other particular injuries. And traditional forms of treatment aren’t always effective. Many people suffering from chronic pain or injuries have to try multiple treatment methods to get relief.

That’s where stem cells come in.

Stem cell therapy is a new technique that uses stem cells to heal areas of pain. Stem cells are injected into the area of pain or injury with the hope it will result in healing of damaged structures resulting in pain relief. This is an emerging area of research and clinical practice and not all injuries and problems are amenable to stem cell therapy however there is a lot of potential for future applications

Stem Cells: A Quick Guide

Types of stem cells and their applications might seem like they’re only to be understood by scientists, but they’re simple when you break it down. They’re cells that can become other types of cells.

That might not seem very exciting. But the range of healthcare applications, pain management, and scientific research is exciting.

Interested in applying stem cell therapy to your condition, illness, or injury? Make an appointment with us today. Or you can also speak with one of our doctors.


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October 24, 2018 Health and Wellness0

11% of Americans suffer from chronic pain.

Many of them can have some relief from their pain with a nerve block procedure.

But how do they work? Do they make you unable to feel anything at all?

In this article, we’ll go over some of your most burning questions about the nerve block procedure. We’ll also let you know if it is something you might want to consider as a treatment option for yourself or a loved one.

What is a Nerve Block Procedure?

In essence, a nerve block procedure helps a doctor locate the source of your pain. It can also help the doctor control your pain.

Why Would a Doctor Perform a Nerve Block Procedure?

There are several reasons why your doctor might decide to do a nerve block procedure, aside from helping you live pain-free.

In some cases, a doctor may perform the procedure in order to locate which nerve is giving you pain. This is called a diagnostic nerve block.

A doctor may also perform one if he or she thinks you might need further surgery. This is called a prognostic nerve block. It helps the doctor determine if you need surgery on your nerve, or what else can be done to help alleviate pain.

What Does a Nerve Block Procedure Entail?

A nerve block procedure is performed in the outpatient setting. This can be done in the office without sedation or in the surgery center with sedation.

The doctor will then typically put a local anesthetic over the area that causes you pain. He or she will use an X-ray to help determine where the nerve is that is causing the pain. They may also inject a dye to help pinpoint the nerve.

After locating the nerve, the nerve will be blocked with a local anesthetic typically bupivacaine which is a long acting medication.

This will help the pain for a while. It will likely not fix the pain permanently, but it can help you manage it but more importantly diagnose where the problem is coming from allowing for more permanent procedures to take place to eliminate the pain

You will go home the same day unless.

How Long Does the Pain Relief Last?

The pain relief will initially last for about several hours. You will feel numb at the site of the injection.

Sometimes, patients can get much longer relief. This can last for a few weeks or months, or be permanent. The duration of the block can extended with the addition of steroids.

Your doctor will probably ask you to keep a pain diary after you’ve had the procedure. This way, you can let him or her know when you’ve been in pain after the procedure and how long it took for the pain to return.

What Happens After the Nerve Block?

If it isn’t your full treatment, your doctor will let you know the course of action. In some cases, this may mean you’ll have a second nerve block. Sometimes you may need to continue having them done to help mitigate the pain.

In other cases, the procedure lets the doctor know that you will need another procedure such as a radiofrequency ablation which destroys the nerve allowing for long term pain relief. If that is the case with you, he or she will schedule your surgery and you will have it done whenever he or she recommends is appropriate.

Are there Side Effects or Risks to a Nerve Block?

Any time you put something in your body, there are possible risks and side effects.

There are side effects and risks associated with a nerve block. Anytime a needle goes into your body, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, or damage to structures that are not meant to be injured. In addition, there is a risk of increasingblood sugar, rash, itching, soreness at the site. Your doctor will go over all of the potential side effects with you.

Depending on your health and what medication you’re taking, there may be additional side effects you should be aware of.

Should I Have a Nerve Block?

If you think you are a candidate for a nerve block procedure, speak to your doctor. Suffering from unrelenting pain can be depressing and difficult, and a nerve block may be able to offer you relief. A nerve block may also be able to tell a doctor that you need further treatment for your injury.

Either way, if your doctor decides to do a nerve block, the outcome will most likely have you in less pain than you were in.

For more information on pain relief, visit our blog.


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October 17, 2018 Health and Wellness0

Most individuals will eventually suffer from some kind of joint pain. It’s fairly rare that you’ll have to see a doctor for your joint pain. Most of the time, joint pain is just a simple symptom of aging.

However, this isn’t to say that joint pain is never a reason to go to the doctor. There are some situations for which a trip to the doctor is necessary.

Wondering what would necessitate such a trip? Need help understanding and dealing with your joint pain? This article has all of the information you need.

Signs You Need to See a Joint Doctor

As was noted above, most joint pain does not need the assessment of a doctor. Often it can be improved with RICE therapy. RICE stands for rest, ice, compress (ACE bandage), and elevate. All of this is done to reduce swelling and inflammation. This is good for acute injuries but not for injuries due to chronic wear and tear.

Physical Deformity

If your joint pain is combined with a deformity of some kind, you should go see a doctor. A physical deformity is indicative of a serious problem which can’t be easily corrected by yourself.

Some deformities to look out for include oddly facing fingers and toes, and bent elbows and knees.

Unbearable Pain

As we mentioned earlier, some joint pain is not a huge cause for concern. This pain comes with aging. However, if you’re experiencing unbearable pain at all hours of the day, you’re suffering from a serious problem, and should see a doctor immediately.

Extreme Swelling

If you have joint problems, you’re bound to experience a bit of swelling. While some swelling is probably not a big problem, extreme swelling is absolutely something that needs be checked out.

Loss of Functionality

This is a simple one: if your joints are preventing you from doing things that you used to be able to do, they are a problem. It’s rare that you can fully treat non-functioning joints on your own. Your best bet is to let a qualified joint pain doctor help you with your treatment.

Signs You Should Handle Joint Pain on Your Own

In most cases, you should be able to handle your joint pain on your own. Here are some signs that your joint pain is only minor, and probably doesn’t require professional treatment.

Light Swelling

Swelling in the joints occurs when the joints become inflamed. Generally, the more inflammation that’s present, the more swelling there will be. Everyone suffers from a bit of inflammation every now and then, so, if your swelling is only minor, there’s no legitimate reason to see a doctor.

Reddened Skin

If your skin is red, but no other remarkable symptoms are presenting themselves, there’s no reason to see a doctor. Reddened skin is only a concern if it’s accompanied by other serious symptoms (ie. severe swelling, extreme pain, fevers, etc.).

Mild Pain

Most individuals start to feel some pain in their joints as they grow older. Minor pain in the joints is no reason to panic and run to the doctor. Generally, such pain can be treated with ice packs, heated blankets, and stretching.

A Summary of Joint Diseases

If you think you may be suffering from a chronic joint disease, you are absolutely going to want to go see a doctor for joint pain. Below, we’re going to discuss some of the most well-known joint diseases.

Arthritis

One of the most common joint diseases there is, arthritis is a condition in which the joints become inflamed. This condition comes in a number of different types, some of which are quite mild, and some of which are very severe.

Arthritis typically results in severe pain, extreme swelling, loss of functionality, and general stiffness. It can be caused by everything from infection, to overuse, to a direct injury, and a variety of other entities.

In any case, if you think you might have arthritis, you need to see a doctor. He or she will assess your joints, and help you to establish a treatment plan.

Bursitis

While not as common as arthritis, bursitis is still a fairly common joint disease. This is a disease in which the bursae become inflamed. The bursae are the fluid-filled cushions which help to pad the joints.

Generally, bursitis is caused by repetitive activity. For instance, if you are working at a job stacking boxes all day, you might get bursitis in the knee or shoulder joints.

In some cases, bursitis can be treated with ice packs and rest. However, in many cases, especially when severe pain is involved, it’s wise to see a doctor. He or she can establish a treatment plan, and can also offer you an injection into the area. Caring for Joint Pain on Your Own

If you’re suffering from just minor pain in the joints, it’s recommended that you treat it by yourself. Minor joint pain typically doesn’t require the assessment of a doctor. There are a few different things you can do to treat such pain.

Regular exercise will help you to build muscle and lose weight, taking pressure off of your joints. Loosen yourself up before exercise with a hot pad, and then relieve inflammation after exercise with an ice pack. Minor pain medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin can also help to relieve pain.

Looking for a Doctor in New Jersey?

Are you experiencing severe swelling? Are your joints in unbearable pain? In need of a doctor in New Jersey?

You can find that doctor here at Garden State Medical Center. Our team of highly-skilled doctors is well-versed in the treatment of chronic joint pain.

Schedule an appointment now!


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October 10, 2018 Health and Wellness0

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary method of rejuvenating cells, managing pain, and repairing tissue damage. Today, PRP therapy is offered in wellness and rejuvenation centers across the country.

Many people don’t know about the benefits of PRP or its accessibility. If they did, it’s likely millions of people would find more relief from pain without medication.

Because it can help strengthen cells and repair damage, PRP therapy has also been linked to anti-aging. With so many benefits, why not learn a little more about it?

Below, we’ll cover some of the most helpful benefits patients can receive from the revolutionary PRP therapy!

Major Patient Benefits of PRP Therapy

If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve probably heard of PRP therapy in connection with athletes and their injuries. There’s a science to its success that encourages even the most skeptical patient.

Athletes who often suffer sprains, minor and major injuries can especially benefit. Pain management is another crucial factor.

After all, they need to be back on the field and in good health in as little time as possible.

We’ll cover this and other common benefits patients can achieve through the breakthroughs in PRP therapy:

PRP and Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is a type of regenerative medicine that many athletes use to treat injuries, pain, and discomfort. The science behind this therapy? Platelet-rich plasma, which contains growth factors the body uses to heal itself.

Normally, platelets are used to clot the blood when damage is done. They also carry a powerful protein containing growth agents that regenerate cells.

PRP therapy and prolotherapy alike use platelets in concentrations to flood an area with growth agents. They obtain high concentrations by distilling them from the patient’s blood.

The plasma that is reinjected comes right from the patient.

Prolotherapy (and PRP therapy) can be used to manage a number of complications on a cellular level. Reducing pain and helping rejuvenate cells are common solutions for platelet-rich plasma.

Rejuvenate Cells with Help from Growth Agents

When PRP is reinjected into the body, it acts like a sort of beacon for the body to help send in help. Platelets naturally help to close wounds and begin the healing process.

Medical professionals can distill these platelets, inject a group of them near an injury, and let them call in the help.

From there, your immune system works with the concentrated platelets to reduce inflammation and encourage cell growth.

The body has a few significant growth agents it uses in major ways. They help our bodies mature into adults and help us heal wounds throughout life.

PRP treatment takes an accumulation of these agents and concentrates them in one area for targeted results.

Help Reduce Chronic Pain

To help understand how PRP therapy can help reduce pain, let’s consider a patient who’s suffering from lower back pain. A number of factors (including posture and age) can cause cracks or tears in spinal discs.

Our spinal discs are full of nerve endings which are sensitive to these breaks and tears. PRP therapy can fill in the cracks and tears and encourage new growth.

PRP treatment and signals to the body infuse the area with growth agents to repair tissue. This can ultimately treat the source of the pain and reduce inflammation (often the cause of heightened pain) in the process.

This in conjunction with other low-impact procedures like spinal cord stimulators can alleviate chronic pain without major surgery. And this is just one example from one condition!

PRP treatments can be used across the body to push back and repair those aggravated parts that cause patients pain.

Reduce Symptoms of Tendinitis

The tendons that connect our muscles to our bones undergo a lot of stress through the years. Even repetitive, everyday actions can put stress on our tendons. From this, patients can develop tendinitis (or tendonitis).

This can turn simple actions into extremely painful situations. Pain may arise without being provoked, inhibiting patients from living their best lives.

Through PRP therapy, though, patients can fight back inflammation and treat their internal wounds with a simple injection.

A concentrated dose of PRP is injected into the problem area (such as a ligament or tendon). The platelets signal to the body, which in turn works harder to produce new collagen and heal the wound.

Treating Osteoarthritis

Just as PRP can be injected into targeted areas to relieve ligament and tendon pain, it can be used to treat injuries in the joints.

Injections of platelet-rich plasma send in growth factors and help the body produce the right ingredients to speed up healing. PRP therapy can improve the amounts of hyaluronic acid near the wound as well as new blood vessels.

This technique has proven to work well on knee damage and the arthritis pain that sets in following an injury. Some patients even reported improvements through PRP therapy in a manner of weeks!

How is PRP Delivered?

As we mentioned above, platelet-rich plasma is drawn directly from a patient’s blood, distilled, and reinjected. Medical professionals can separate plasma through a process called centrifugation.

During your visit with your doctor, they will discuss the procedure and draw blood. From there, they will separate out a good portion of enriched plasma in a syringe to be reinjected.

The doctor will put antiseptic on the injection site and likely numb the area before any injections. After, there may be a little swelling in the injection site, but nothing that should last longer than a few days.

From there, you can expect to see maximum results after a couple of weeks and determine if follow-up injections are needed.

Pain Management from Leading Industry Professionals

Looking for PRP therapy or pain management from industry professionals? Consider Garden State Medical Center!

Our dedicated team of professionals assesses every patient to tailor a pain-management plan that fits their needs. Check out our website to learn about our doctors and our blog to learn more about modern pain management options.