Treatment of tendon, ligament, and joint pain has not changed much in the past quarter century. Patients usually receive anti-inflammatory pain medications first; if those don’t help, they are given the steroid cortisone, usually as an injection directly into the pained area. As a last resort, they’ll undergo surgery to alleviate pain that conservative methods cannot fix.
Today, thanks to advancements in our ability to harness the human body’s own healing processes, surgery may no longer be necessary for many people suffering from arthritis, tendonitis, and ligament problems.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy offers patients a safe and effective alternative to surgery. At Dynamic Health and Pain Management, we’ve realized the potential this treatment has for patients who would traditionally need surgery (e.g. joint replacement) and those who suffer from less severe degrees of arthritis. It’s no longer a necessity that you undergo surgery to enjoy a life free of tendon, ligament, and joint pain, especially considering the risks of surgery:
- Blood clots
We’ve helped patients suffering from years of joint pain enjoy complete relief after just a few weeks or months. And our team can accomplish this with negligible risk and at a fraction of the cost of surgery. We believe that future widespread use of PRP treatments will lead to a drastic reduction in the number of surgeries for joints, ligaments, and tendons.
But, as you already mentioned, there are already other alternatives to surgery, such as cortisone injections.
While it is true that cortisone shots can relieve pain, the relief is only temporary. Many people require frequent treatments with cortisone to get continued relief. And the list of side effects from cortisone is extensive, including:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Elevated blood sugar
- Increased risk of infections
In addition, cortisone does nothing to heal the damaged tissue or joint. Thus, it does not slow the progression of the underlying disease. It is our belief that any person with chronic pain in a joint, tendon, or ligament who has been treated with cortisone shots or has been told they might need a joint replacement someday should instead opt for a trial of PRP. The earlier the stage of arthritis, the better the long-term results. That’s because the degenerated tissue is actually healed. In fact there are studies proving that PRP therapy can regrow cartilage. PRP treatment is a one-time injection therapy that can have long lasting results—up to two years in some patients.
And contrary to the effects of cortisone, the effects do not wear off after a month or two but actually get better over time as the body heals itself.
You can talk to our own PRP patients and listen to their glowing testimonials about how PRP treatment has helped their pain, but it’s not just our patients that have been helped. PRP has helped famous professional athletes.
Stephen Curry Receives PRP Treatment and Returns to the Court with a Record Setting Performance
You’ve likely heard of Charlotte native and Davidson College alum Stephen Curry. He’s the NBA’s Most Valuable Player and is the star of the Golden State Warrior’s lineup. At the end of the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs, Curry suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain, which can take up to four weeks to completely heal.
Only 6 days after one PRP treatment (using the exact same system that Dynamic Health uses), the Warriors officially listed Curry as “active.” During his return game, he scored an incredible 40 points, compelling sports writers to acknowledge that this was one of the “great” NBA comebacks!
Curry isn’t the only basketball star to discover the benefits of PRP. Other players who have received PRP treatment include:
- Kobe Bryant
- Brandon Roy
- Acie Law
- Wesley Matthews
- Dwayne Wade
- Deron Williams
- Pau Gasol
- Dwight Howard
Other elite athletes also enjoyed quick, complete recovery from PRP treatment that allowed them to return to their sport more quickly. Hines Ward, the former Pittsburgh Steeler who sprained his knee 3 weeks before the 2009 Super Bowl, is one example. PRP not only allowed him to play, but the Steelers won the Super Bowl that year. Ward credited the PRP treatment with allowing him to get back in the game.
PRP Therapy in Charlotte, North Carolina, with DHPM
At Dynamic Health and Pain Management, we proudly offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy to patients who suffer from chronic arthritic pain, as well as athletes and active people who’ve suffered a tendon injury and want to get back to playing sooner or avoid surgery. The treatment couldn’t be simpler: We draw your blood, spin it down in a special centrifuge made by Harvest (the industry leader in PRP technology), separate the platelets, and then inject them into the damaged area. Your body then heals itself, allowing you to enjoy the pain relief and quality of life you deserve. Patients who opt for PRP get several benefits:
- Pain relief for up to 2 years in some patients
- Quick tissue regeneration
- Less time spent in recovery
- Restored tissue function
- Prolonged effects of tissue healing
- No need for major surgery and all its attendant risks
|The following post was written by the team at Dynamic Health and Pain Management.
If you’d like to learn more about what we offer, our team of medical professionals will be happy to address any questions you may have regarding this revolutionary treatment, which will be a “game changer” for treating tendon, ligament, and joint pain.