Can PRP Treat Lower Back Pain?
Back pain is a normal occurrence, and 8 out of 10 Americans will experience it at some point in their lives. There are many external factors that cause the pain, but there are also numerous treatment options for it.
One such option is PRP. Studies reveal that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy could stimulate healing. Athletes use the treatment to heal joint pain and torn ligaments. You can now use the treatment for back pain, too.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy vs. Stem Cell Therapy
Researchers continuously study PRP and stem cell therapy for their regenerative advantages when it comes to sports medicine. Each therapy is different.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy promotes the repair and regeneration of tissues in the injured area. The process starts with extracting blood from the patient. A centrifuge spins the substance to separate the red blood cells and the concentrated platelets.
The concentrated platelets promote the production of collagen and cartilage, which are helpful in repairing torn tendons and ligaments. Stem cell therapy, on the other hand, extracts from either the bone marrow or the fat tissues. The therapy treats osteoarthritic conditions and stimulates the growth of cartilages.
PRP for Back Pain
Current data indicates that with early diagnosis and treatment, 90% of cases find resolution from their low back pain.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine does offer some hope. A recent clinical study on 22 patients with low back pain underwent intradiscal PRP injections, and preliminary six months findings point to PRP as suitable treatment for low back pain. Although researchers need to carry out further studies, the results are encouraging for people suffering from low back pain.
Are you experiencing prolonged back pain? At ActiveMed Integrative Health Center, we offer prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy, which stimulate natural healing for certain injuries, including back pain. Visit our office today and reduce or eliminate your pain.