What if you could get off pain medication?What if you could hike that mountain again?Rob, a 61 year-old male, could not squat and stand back up without pain. He walked with a limp. Rob was nearly bone-on-bone in his right knee and had felt he had exhausted his options. He tried steroid injection, gel injections, physical therapy and more. He felt his next step was a knee replacement. Then he heard about platelet-rich plasma.What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
That beautiful red liquid we call blood is also known as plasma. Plasma contains red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. Platelets, commonly known for their ability to form clots, also contain essential proteins rich in growth factors. It is believed that these growth factors speed up the natural healing process.A few vials of your own blood are drawn and put in a centrifuge. A centrifuge in a machine that rapidly spins its contents (your vials of blood) with such force that it separates the liquids particles from most dense to least dense. We spin the blood various times at various speeds. The first spin gets the red blood cells to separate, the last gets the platelets separated. All is done at 18’ Centigrade. We do not allow the viscosity to increase on the platelets. This is then carefully injected in to the injured or degenerative area. Since it is the individuals own blood there is very low risk of side effects.
5 ways PRP can help you1. Tendonitis2. Ligament Sprains
3. Sports Injuries4. Back and Neck Injuries
5. Osteoarthritic joints
And what about Rob?Rob has now had three injections of PRP in his right knee. The most significant thing he has noticed is he no longer feels that painful crunching every time he squats. He has also noticed that he can work out more aggressively, do yoga, go on a hike - all in a few days and not have to recuperate for days in between. Just like he could when he was younger.There are many more applications for platelet rich plasma that can help feel and look younger. If you are interested in getting more information please contact our office.
There are a few things that can stop you in your tracks faster that back pain. Maybe you injured yourself helping a friend move a couch, or maybe it’s something you’ve been living with for years. Whether new or old, back pain can be debilitating.
Don’t wait until you find yourself crawling around the floor with an icepack strapped to your back! At USA Pain Clinics, we offer multiple procedures to help deal with your new and old back pain.
Trigger point injections, as well as more advanced Botox therapies, can help relax tight and spastic muscles. If you’ve herniated a disc and now have unexplained symptoms in the legs, an epidural injection may help. Facet joint injections, medial branch blocks, and radiofrequency ablations can tackle that arthritis that’s been steadily getting worse. If you have tried and failed medications, injection procedures and surgeries, we can perform spinal cord stimulator trials in our office on an outpatient basis.
These are effective and proven treatments that can help break your reliance on medications to deal with your pain. Talk to your primary care provider about getting a referral to see what options we have so that you can get back to living an active and fulfilling life.
“The doctor says I need surgery, but I’m not ready for that.”
“I’m sick of taking all these pills.”
“I used to (fill in the blank), but now I’m in so much pain, I just can’t anymore.”
“What are my options?
We hear this every day. Patients come hurting, frustrated, and scared.
Our goal at USA Pain is to try to educate the patient and present options for pain management to help decrease pain and improve function. There are a variety of medications and treatments to help deal with pain that may not be offered at a primary care level. That’s where we come in. We are dedicated to keeping up with advancing treatments and technology to help treat nearly any cause of chronic pain from simple knee injections, to spinal cord stimulators, Botox therapies, and our newest self-donated platelet-rich plasma injections. If you have tried the medications, or underwent the surgeries, and still don’t have the quality of life you hoped for, please ask your primary care provider for a referral to our clinic and see if there is something we can do to help.
The most popular and consistent complaint that we are faced with from patients in the winter is increased pain due to the weather. Chronic pain, especially during the holidays, is like Santa Claus: We don’t always see him but we know he’s there. Decreased temperatures impact the joints in our bodies from performing at their peak. Warmer joints mean increased motion resulting in less pain. So, how do we get there? A few ideas to help us make it through the torment of hurting while trying to travel, work, shop for presents, cook, bake, play with our children, walk the dog or even just get out of bed in the morning are as follows: