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How PRP Can Take the Place of Traditional Pain Medication

If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic pain, you may think that pain medications are your only option for managing your condition. However, prolonged use of pain medication can lead to side effects such as digestive problems, confusion, and even cause addiction in up to one in four people. 

Here at Pinnacle Pain and Spine, Dr. Matthew Crooks and his team are dedicated to providing safe and effective treatments to manage your chronic pain and minimize your need for long-term pain medication. With four locations in Scottsdale, Chandler, and Fountain Hills, Arizona, we offer a full range of medication-free pain treatments that can treat your chronic pain, including platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP).

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a regenerative medicine that uses the natural healing substances found in your blood to accelerate your recovery. Your blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets suspended in a liquid called plasma. 

Your platelets are essential to your body’s ability to clot and heal after an injury. They also contain substances called growth factors that encourage cell proliferation and healing. 

During your PRP therapy session with Dr. Crooks, he starts by collecting a sample of blood and separating it into components using a centrifuge. Then, he combines the platelets and plasma to create a platelet-rich plasma sample. This is then injected directly into your treatment area to introduce healing growth factors and promote faster recovery. 

How does PRP help with chronic pain? 

Chronic pain is often caused by an initial injury (such as a back injury), or damaged nerves (neuropathic pain). PRP can help by delivering healing platelets and growth factors directly to the injured area, boosting healing and recovery outcomes. 

Am I a good candidate for PRP? 

If you are struggling with back pain, tendonitis, muscle pain, sports injuries and have already tried traditional treatments to no avail, you might be a good candidate for PRP. However, certain types of chronic pain may be better suited to one of our other treatments. 

Most people respond well to PRP treatment and have minimal side effects. Because the PRP treatment is derived from your own blood and doesn’t require any incisions or sutures, you can return to your normal activities immediately after treatment.  

What else can I do to manage my pain? 

For most people, chronic pain is a lifelong condition and requires regular management. We recommend sleeping well, eating a healthy diet, and stopping smoking since smoking may increase your pain perception and slow your healing. 

However, depending on your pain, we also offer a number of treatments in addition to PRP therapy, including steroid injections, nerve blocks, and radiofrequency ablation. We also provide comprehensive pain management support in the form of nutraceuticals, massage therapy, and hemp-derived CBD oil. 

Whether you’ve been struggling with chronic pain for years or experienced a recent injury, our team at Pinnacle Pain and Spine are here to help you find relief and support your healing. To find out more, send an online consultation request to speak to Dr. Crooks and our team today.

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