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PRP Injections: A Safe Solution to Your Discogenic Pain Problem

Posted by Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, ES on 9 October 2017
PRP Injections: A Safe Solution to Your Discogenic Pain Problem

Discogenic pain originates from a damaged vertebral disc due to degenerative disc disorder (DDD), triggered by the rigors of wear and tear and the aging process.

Chronic low back pain can drastically affect your quality of life. Tying your shoes, coughing, sneezing, and even laughing become daily hurdles to overcome. Some folks will try physio, but the therapy alone can be painful and challenging, with any signs of relief arriving at a snail's pace.

Thankfully, intradiscal PRP injections are proving to be a safe treatment for chronic discogenic low back pain.

Breaking Down How Intradiscal Pain and Degenerative Disc Disorder Breaks You Down

Spinal discs are soft and compressible. They separate the interlocking bones of the vertebrae and absorb any spinal impact. When the discs are weakenedbe it from age or injurycracks and tears develop in the disc wall. These tears create chronic pain because the discs are filled with small nerve endings.

Discogenic pain and degenerative disc disorder are most commonly felt in the lower back/lumbar region, leading to osteoarthritis, herniated discs, or spinal stenosis.

The Process of Intradiscal PRP Injection Therapy:

  1. Blood is taken from the patient, processed in a centrifuge to concentrate platelets,
  2. Platelet-rich blood is loaded into a syringe, and injected carefully via X-Ray guidance into the painful disc levels
  3. Growth factors become activated and help repair the tissue
  4. Platelet-rich-plasma fills and seals the tears in the outer wall of the disc.

PRP Should Stand for "Pain Relief Proven"

A recent study followed 49 patients suffering from early-stage degenerative disc disorder for two years. 60% of patients reported that the PRP injections resulted in notable improvements in pain and function.

To ensure accuracy, the trial was double-blind, randomized, and had a rigorous selection process and long-term data collection. All patients involved had previously attempted conservative treatments to no avail and were considering spinal fusion surgery.

One female subject experienced two years of failed therapies before the aforementioned trial. The subject reported immediate pain relief, and after two years showed sustained improvement in pain and function.

The Creamy Middle-Ground of Chronic Pain Relief

Measures of conservative back pain management such as physical therapy are effective, but it could be a long time before there's any sign of symptom relief. And aggressive treatments like surgery are ripe with risk and laboriously lengthy recovery processes.

PRP treatments offer a middle ground for discogenic pain sufferers, by expediting the healing process while avoiding the extreme measures of surgery. PRP injections are most effective when done in tandem with conservative methods like physical therapy, since the two treatments work in unison to promote the healing process.

RegenerVate utilizes PRP injections and other injection therapies to treat chronic conditions such as degenerative disc disorder, expediting the recovery process with your body's own healing properties. Our flexible treatments can help repair meniscal tears, or provide relief from osteoarthritis and tendonitis.

Call us at 1-855-712-9901 to schedule an appointment, or drop by one of our RegenerVate locations today!
Author: Douglas W. Stoddard MD, M Sp Med, Dip Sport Med, ES
About: Dr. Stoddard is a sport medicine and injection physician in Toronto and is the Medical Director of RegenerVate. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sport Medicine. His injection training, including ultrasound, PRP and Prolotherapy, was primarily done in the USA. He is a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), is married and a proud father of two boys. He is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.
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