Chronic low back pain is a common health problem for millions of Americans. According to the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, as many as 16 million American adults experience chronic back pain.
Although there are many pain management plans available to manage back pain, various factors can complicate your recovery, from the cause and severity of your pain to whether you also have additional health problems.
For people with chronic low back pain, conservative treatments, like physical therapy and medication, can lose their effectiveness over time. Fortunately, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy may provide relief when other treatments have failed or become less effective.
At Republic Spine and Pain, our team of pain management doctors and specialists offer a broad range of treatment plans, like PRP therapy, from three convenient locations in Georgetown, Leander, and Austin, Texas.
How PRP can help manage your chronic low back pain
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a natural and non-invasive treatment because it uses platelets from your own blood to create a highly concentrated solution to turbocharge the healing process.
Blood platelets contain human growth factors, which contribute to cell regeneration, healing, and new tissue growth. PRP therapy has become popular in treating orthopedic and sports injuries but has also been used to treat other common conditions like hair loss.
From a sample of your blood, the platelets are separated in a centrifuge. The concentrated solution is then injected directly into the lower back to accelerate the healing process.
Am I a good candidate for PRP?
Like all pain treatments, it depends on a few factors. PRP injections may help to provide relief if your low back pain is caused by degenerative disc disease or problems with the facet or sacroiliac joints in your spine. PRP may also help with spondylolisthesis.
Your overall health is also a factor in whether PRP is an optimal option for you. Our team will perform a comprehensive evaluation and make recommendations for the best pain management plan based on your circumstances.
If you’ve been living with chronic pain, chances are that your quality of life and health have been affected. You don’t have to wait to get help or accept pain as an inevitable part of your life.
For more information about how PRP therapy works and whether it might be a good treatment option for your low back pain, contact Republic Spine and Pain today to schedule an appointment with a pain management specialist at one of three convenient locations in Georgetown, Leander, and Austin, Texas.